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The Pros & Cons of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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A gastric sleeve procedure, which is also called a sleeve gastrectomy, is used to assist obese patients with weight loss. The procedure helps limit the quantity of food that you can ingest by decreasing the size of your stomach.

During gastric sleeve surgery a significant portion of your stomach is removed, and you are left with a gastric pouch that is similar in size to a banana. Since the volume of your stomach is dramatically reduced, the amount of food that you can comfortably ingest is also limited. Read More

The Pros & Cons of Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Having a gastric bypass helps limit the number of calories that you ingest. During the surgery, your physician makes a number of small incisions to access your abdominal cavity. A laparoscope or surgical camera is used to guide the small instruments used during the performance of the procedure.

Once the surgeon accesses your stomach, he or she divides it into an upper and lower portion by stapling off a division. The lower portion of the stomach is bypassed, so it will no longer contain or process any food. Instead of the small intestine remaining connected to the lower stomach that is no longer operable, a portion of the intestine is rerouted and connected to the new pouch formed by the upper portion of your stomach. Read More

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered By Insurance?

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If you are considering weight loss surgery, you may be concerned about the cost. However, nowadays, many insurance companies offer coverage for bariatric procedures.

Should you submit information to your insurance company for pre-approval?

If you have health insurance, you may be surprised to find that your insurer may cover the cost of your bariatric surgery. Many insurance companies cover the most common weight loss procedures, such as gastric bypasses, gastric sleeve procedures, gastric banding and revisions. Your physician can submit the information needed for pre-approval on your behalf. Read More