Gastric sleeve and other weight-loss surgeries — known collectively as bariatric surgery — involve making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Bariatric surgery is performed when diet and exercise haven't worked or when you have serious weight-related health problems.
While bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, all forms of weight-loss surgery are major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Also, you must make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of bariatric surgery.
The criteria for most insurance companies to cover bariatric surgery includes:
- a BMI of more than 40 kg/m2, or
- a BMI of over 35 with conditions such as type II diabetes mellitus, COPD, sleep apnea, other lung conditions, and/or certain heart conditions.
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If you are interested in discussing surgical options with our bariatric surgeon, please call 319-362-5118 to get the process started.
Following your initial consultation, you will be set up for some testing and specialty appointments. These tests and appointments include a sleep apnea evaluation, mental health assessment, assessment by a registered dietitian, and lab work. Included in the lab work is a nicotine test, as you will need to be nicotine-free in order to qualify for weight-loss surgery.
If you have questions about bariatric surgery or want to know if you might be a candidate, please call 319-362-5118.