3 Important Surgical Weight Loss Options to Get Information About Before Getting a Surgery

August 1, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

There are three types of weight loss surgery that are commonly performed on overweight people. These surgeries either make the stomach volume smaller or cut down the digestion tract.

The most established weight loss surgery procedure performed these days is the Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass. This operation makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass a part of the small intestine. This procedure also minimizes the amount of food going into the stomach and the amount of food that is absorbed in the digestive system.

The stomach is either sewn closed or stapled at the upper half creating a smaller stomach on top. The intestines are then linked to the smaller stomach and food passes directly from one to another. In this way the stomach is separated into one small and one large section. The result of this is that less food will give the sensation of fullness and thus fewer calories will be consumed.

The food then passes through the shortened segment of the small intestine, allowing less food to be absorbed and this also results in fewer calories being absorbed by the body. The combination of getting full quicker and the lower absorption of calories lead to weight loss.

The Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass surgery has the benefits of a quick weight loss right after operation. The average weight loss for patients that go through a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is 60 to 80% of their excess body. This happens in most instances 12 to 18 months after the surgery. But after five years, patients are in average only able to keep off 55-59% of their excess body weight.

This procedure has a higher success rate than other forms of weight loss surgery. On the other hand, the Gastric Bypass is often further invasive as it is often performed as an open incision, and the time to recover is long. But in some cases the operation could also be performed laparoscopically, which means that the operation is performed as a keyhole surgery.

Biliopancreatic diversion is the most radical of the weight loss surgeries. In this operation, about three-fourths of the stomach is entirely removed and the remainder of the stomach is linked to the ending section of the small intestines.

There are quite a lot of disadvantages to this method like having a higher mortality rate, life long bone density loss, the dumping syndrome and anemia. The benefits to this weight loss surgery are that it gives the patients the biggest initial weight loss and that it is possible to feed as normal people.

The newer Lap band surgery makes a smaller stomach by an adjustable band which is positioned around the top segment of the stomach. The band makes it possible to regulate the volume of food going into the stomach. The band could be changed until the preferred weight loss is achieved.

The lap band procedure is in most cases suggested because of the shorter recuperation and smaller risks. The Lap band is also favored because it is reversible and flexible. Often patients go through a more even time of weight loss and are able to keep the weight off longer than with other surgical methods. Lap band surgery patients reach an average weight loss of 36 to 60% of their excess body weight after 12 to 24 months.

Before you get a weight loss surgery you should get as much information about the different weight loss surgery options as possible. It is important that you know both the advantage and the disadvantage of each method. One way to find more information is to use the Internet.

Robert L J Bloom is the author and can provide additional information about the lap band procedure and cost of lap band surgery. He also provides information about the Lap band diet after Surgery. The website is lapbandgastricsurgery.com .

What is the Cost of Lap Band Weight Loss Surgery?

June 17, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Anybody who is considering lap band surgery will probably have a list of questions and fairly high up on that list will be the question of cost. Sadly, while this may seem like an easy question, it is not quite so easy to answer.

The cost of having lap band weight loss surgery will depend upon a whole host of factors but the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not you qualify as a candidate for surgery. Deciding that you need or want lap band surgery is one thing but when it comes to paying for surgery whether or not you meet the criteria of the National Institutes of Health is an important factor.

In most cases, if you have a body mass index of 40 or more then you will meet the requirements of the NHI. You may also qualify if your BMI falls between 35 and 39 providing you also have a serious medical problem which is directly associated with your weight. The list of related medical conditions is long but includes things like hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol.

If you fail to meet the requirements of the NHI then you will have to meet the full cost of surgery yourself.

The next thing which you have to examine is whether or not your health insurance policy will pay for some or all of the cost of your surgery. It is frequently said that insurance companies will not pay for weight loss surgery but this is not the case and health insurers are increasingly funding either all or some of the bill for lap band surgery. Your insurance company will however only meet the cost if you meet the NIH requirements and your doctor certifies that your surgery is a medical necessity.

Okay, so what does surgery cost?

The cost of surgery is complicated as you need to factor in not just the cost of surgery itself but the associated costs which will vary widely depending upon where your surgery is performed and by whom. Costs will include things like pre-surgical tests, surgeon’s fees and hospital fees. In addition, there will be various post-surgery fees for services like follow-up medical visits, psychological support and nutritional counseling.

If surgery is done in the US then you can expect to pay anywhere between $17,000 and $30,000 for your surgery and post-operative care providing you do not run into any complications. While significant complications are uncommon they do crop up every so often and costs can then rise considerably.

If surgery is done outside of the US then the cost will be lower and you can expect to pay between $11,000 and $16,000. Lap band procedures have been carried out for some considerably time in Europe and Australia where results have been excellent and is also now being increasingly performed in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, Canada and the Far East.

Should you be contemplating traveling abroad for weight loss surgery then you must add in the cost of travel and post-surgical care which can considerably increase the overall cost but still be less expensive than undergoing surgery at home. You also need to check with your insurance company if applicable because it is unlikely that your insurer will fund the cost of surgery which is carried out abroad. Lastly, you should note the fact that you may well have very much less legal protection if anything goes wrong with surgery away from your home country.

As a general rule having your surgery at home is likely to be your best and safest option but if the difference in cost is big enough in your own case then you may well consider that it is worth taking the risk.

GastricBypassFacts.info provides further information on lap band weight loss surgery and the cost of lap band surgery.