The Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The cost of gastric bypass surgery depends on several factors, such as the location, the surgeon, and also the duration of the surgery. Generally the cost varies between $18,000 and $35,000. There are several insurance providers that can offer some or full insurance coverage for the gastric bypass surgery.

Here are the details that are included in gastric bypass surgery cost:

1. Pre-op lab costs

2. Surgeon’s fee

3. Hospital fee

4. X-ray

5. Anesthesia charges

6. Post-operative care, generally 90 days

Factors that can alter the cost of the gastric bypass surgery:

1. Duration of the hospital stay

2. Where you live, the location you are residing can have a great effect on the cost of the surgery

3. If the surgeon or hospital is in your network provider for the health plan you have

Also, there are several things that are not included in the cost of gastric bypass surgery, such as:

1. Diet counseling cost

2. Lifestyle changes

3. Body contouring or plastic surgery procedures to eliminate the additional skin or sagging areas whereas treating the loose muscles

4. Vitamin and supplements cost

5. Behavioral therapies if you are considering any after the surgery

If you want to make sure about the cost of gastric bypass surgery, you can consult your nearest and an experienced bariatric surgeon.

7. December 2011 22:16 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

What to Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

It is a non-reversible surgery and is performed under general anesthesia and needs 1-2 hours. It needs one or two days hospital stay. The recovery after gastric sleeve surgery takes few weeks time.

Your abdomen becomes swollen and sore for few days. The surgeon may suggest pain medicines to reduce the discomfort. There will be some scarring that can be covered with clothing.

After the surgery, you should be very careful about your eating habits and the solid foods you are consuming. For first few weeks, you need to stick to the liquid diet, then semi solid foods, then pureed foods and finally you can start with solid foods.

People who have undergone the surgery may lose 50-80 percent of the excess body weight for the first six months or up to one year. Several studies proved that people after undergoing the gastric sleeve surgery may get improvements in their diabetes, blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea within one or two years. All these health improvements are comparable with the other weight loss surgeries.

Since, gastric sleeve is a totally new surgery, there is a limited data available on long-term weight loss or upon any other health improvements. After the surgery recovery, you will notice certain lifestyle changes and essential follow-up care. People who have gastric sleeve surgery should follow:

  • Regular exercise
  • Some behavioral modification techniques
  • Specific dietary guidelines for the rest of the life, such as:

a. Eat slowly and eat small quantities each time consuming the food
b. Chew thoroughly and swallow the food only when it is mashed
c. Also, not eating and drinking the food at the same time

3. December 2011 09:16 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

What You Need To Know About Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve is the modern bariatric surgery procedure designed for permanent weight loss. This procedure involves several small incisions instead of making a large incision. Most of the studies support that this surgery is the primary bariatric procedure for years to come.

The increasing amount of positive results with rapid and sustained weight loss coupled with complete recovery from diabetes and hypertension, can all lead a patient to live longer and healthier. The procedure can increase the quality of life.

People who are more than 100 pounds of weight can undergo gastric sleeve procedure or people who are obese and suffering from weight related issues, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes can also be suitable for gastric sleeve surgery.

For a free evaluation to see whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery, you can consult one of our bariatric surgeons.

But, before undergoing the surgery, there are some essential things which you need to follow, such as:

  • You should stop smoking as it may increase the chance of affecting with infections, pneumonia, blood clots and slows down the healing process.
  • You need to follow a diet program recommended by your bariatric surgeon.
1. December 2011 09:30 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

How the Lap Band Device Works?

If you are obese or overweight, dieting might seem impossible to lose weight. Most people have experienced the problem with those diets, where attempt for weight loss is followed by a period of weight gain. Those who have tried several non-surgical methods to lose, lap band surgery has given a new hope for weight loss.

With lap band weight loss surgery, you do not have to be opened up and only minor incisions will be made. During the surgery, a small stomach pouch is created in the upper portion of the stomach. Usually, this stomach pouch will hold only about ½ to 1 ounce of food. This pouch connects to the rest of your stomach pouch from an outlet known as stoma. Usually, you feel full when the upper stomach is full and you can control your weight gain and finally lose weight.

The entire procedure is very easy in which the band is positioned around the stomach to create a smaller pouch. In future, if you want to alter the size of the procedure, then the band can be easily adjustable with only a short office visit. In this way, you can inflate or deflate the lap band whenever needed and you are able to control the amount of food that you eat.

As soon as the surgery, you have to follow liquid diet for few days. Then you will be back to your normal diet, but you need to listen to your doctor’s suggestions to ensure that you eat properly. You can also stretch the smaller pouch if you want to eat more than what is necessary to fill the stomach. Once you feel full, you need to stop eating more otherwise there is no meaning for lap band surgery.

26. November 2011 04:26 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Sexual Life after Weight Loss Surgery

Obese women and men who lose significant amount of weight after weight loss surgery may have more satisfying sex than in their past life. Obesity can cause various problems in men and women that can greatly affect their sexual life. So, undergoing weight loss surgery may help in enhancing their sexual life.

For obese men, shortness of breath and erectile dysfunction can greatly affect their sexual life. Obese men after undergoing a weight loss surgery, they have increased levels of testosterone that can benefit during the intercourse.

For obese women, estrogen is stored in the fat. These women after undergoing a weight loss surgery feel an increase in their libido.

Weight loss and declining BMIs in men who had the surgery were directly linked with increases in all measures of testosterone levels, declines in levels of the female sex hormone estradiol and improvements in self-reported sexual quality of life.

The physical, physiological and psycho emotional changes which occur following weight loss surgery can have positive effects on the person's sexual life.

20. November 2011 07:24 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

The Cost of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is both a complex and costly procedure. For instance, the average cost of gastric bypass surgery ranges from $18,000-35,000. Generally, the cost of bariatric surgery includes pre-op lab tests, X-ray fees, anesthesia cost, hospital facility and the surgeon’s cost.

Also, the cost varies based on the duration of the surgery and the length of recovery time. There are additional post recovery costs like dietary plan, fitness regimen, nutritional supplements, body contouring surgeries and behavioral modification. Some people who lose excess weight may need body contouring surgeries removing excess skin, improving loose muscles, lifting sagging body areas and treating fat deposits. As bariatric surgery is a complex procedure involves more than one method and also recovery issues make it to increase the cost easily.

While analyzing the cost of bariatric surgery, remember that after the procedure there are additional cosmetic plastic surgery procedures need to be considered such as tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, or labiaplasty. The cost of all these procedures should be taken into account. The follow-up plastic surgery procedures, it needs to remove more skin and fat. The longer the surgery requirement, the higher is the cost of the procedure.

Also, the cost of bariatric surgery varies according to the region. Surgery costs are usually higher in urban areas. Cost varies based on the surgeon’s experience. Generally, top surgeons demand and receive higher fees.

11. November 2011 19:09 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Weight Loss Surgery for Teens

Weight loss surgery for teen is becoming more popular even though many people questions about the safety and effectiveness of the surgery for teens. Though the surgery helps most young people to lose weight, there are many unknowns about how the procedure affects their long-term health.

The benefits of the surgery in the teen-aged population is that it can prevent the diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol that we're starting to see in teenagers who are already obese. When comes to the risks, there are not many higher complications associated with the surgery. Few complications associated with the surgery are bleeding and infection.

Also the effect of complications can depend on the type of weight loss surgery that you have undergone. Some immediate post operative complications such as lung problems and kidney failure can affect few teens. But, the lap band surgery which is more popular is not FDA approved to use for children.

3. November 2011 08:57 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Facts about Weight Loss Surgery

Many experts said that weight loss surgery is not a permanent solution to lose weight. The fact is that it should only be considered only when all the positives outweigh the negatives.

Weight loss surgery includes either affecting the way your body absorbs the food or limiting the size of the stomach with surgical staples. Surgical adjustable strap or surgical staples greatly reduce the size of the stomach to a great extent.

Also, restricting the absorption of foods is also a more complex procedure and it affects the way that your body gets calories from the diet. The primary choice is ignoring a large part of the small intestines, so you are less likely to ingest the food and exerted more of untreated wastes. The other option to lose weight is changing how and when the digestive acids are mixed with the food. Pancreatic juice and bile acids serve as a digestive aid for breaking the food, so that the food can be absorbed easily.

Most surgeons prefer to do a combination of the above procedures and increase the chances of reducing more weight to the patient. However, weight loss surgery can be considered as a last option and is not a permanent solution.

Weight loss surgery is worth considering for severely obese people. Your ability to set goals and be with them is another factor to consider while determining whether the surgery is worth considering it. Though the surgery helps you to lose weight immediately, surgery alone is not sufficient for long-term weight loss. Along with the reduction in your stomach pouch, you have to limit the amount of food you eat. If you think that you may not follow the weight loss surgeon’s instructions after the surgery, then surgery may not be the good option for you. These are the only few factors that can help you lose weight.

21. October 2011 19:39 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Latest Trends in Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is the long term effective treatment for obese people who are not satisfied with regular diet procedures, exercise and medication. The number of obese people undergoing weight loss surgery is increasing annually. Bariatric surgery usually uses the methodologies of gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.  Rather than making larger incisions, surgeons founded newer and safer advanced technologies in bariatric surgery. Here are the new trends in weight loss surgery:

Robot assisted weight loss Surgery:

Robot assisted modern procedure utilizes a Da Vinci robot device to perform surgery. Obese people who undergo this bariatric procedure will have less and they can heal faster. There is no complication in this surgery and it is a safer modern bariatric surgery and also cost effective. There are only few professionals can be able to perform this robot assisted bariatric surgery during these days.

Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES):

This surgery is performed in the perinoteal cavity, by accessing a hollow viscous. In this process the professor uses the mouth, vagina or belly button for bariatric procedure. Small camera and surgical instruments are inserted in the treated gaps, the abdomen is either trimmed or a small bag is sewed into it. There is no incision in this bariatric surgery.  A woman patient may have fear of this surgery because it is done in the vagina but there is no pain because there are no cuts in the skin which reduces the infection. This technique is in review because of using internal organs there may be chance of damage.

Endoluminal surgery:

It is performed by combining invasive and flexible endoscopy surgeries. Endoluminal process is performed in lumen of gastrointestinal.  It uses endobarrier in these nutrients which are partially digested can be transformed to distal intestine.  It has low complications and safer process and there is no incision in this endoluminal surgery.

Single incision surgery:

This surgery is becoming very popular and gaining impression of medical surgeons worldwide. In this surgery a ½ inch of incision is made inside the belly button or in the umbilicus and uses surgical tools with small incision.

 Laparoscopic greater curvature plication (LGCP):

This weight loss process is quite different from the other bariatric procedures. It uses no device or stomach resection. Stomach size can be reduced by non absorbable sutures. It is faster weight loss procedure. The technique involves the dissection of his angel and the fat is removed followed by dissection of greater gastric curvature. And next it is divided from the omentum which is large fatty structure. It has many benefits and no leakage and less risk.

Duodenal jejuna bypass surgery (DJB):

DJB procedure involves a bypass of stomach preserving of small intestine region. The amount of bypassed is equal to the bypassed amount in gastric bypass. It may reverse type2 diabetes for some obese people.

These modern bariatric procedures are beneficial to obese patients with no risks, cost effective and long term weight loss.

19. October 2011 19:01 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

Weight Loss Surgery to Decrease the Risk of Heart Disease

In recent studies found that more than twenty percent of heart disease people have high cholesterol. Excessive weight puts significant risk on heart which may cause many heart problems. Most heart disease risk factors can be controlled by weight loss surgery. By making some changes in lifestyle, good exercise and maintaining proper diet you can actually reduce your risk for heart disease. Foods rich in sugar and saturated fat lead to obesity. Bariatric weight loss surgery has several benefits from weight related illnesses for obese people. For severely obese people, lifestyle changes are not effective for losing weight. Bariatric weight loss surgery is the best way to show good results in severely obese people.

Bariatric weight loss surgery is the controllable risk factor for many diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, obstructive sleep apnea, asthma and kidney failures. Weight loss surgery is associated with 30 to 50 percent risk reduction from heart attack. Health professionals found that risk of obesity related diseases can be cured from weight loss surgery such as gastric banding, gastric bypass or any other weight loss surgery.

There are mainly three weight loss procedures gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. In Bariatric weight loss surgery, the surgeon will make the stomach smaller to hold small amount of food. Because of smaller portion of stomach pouch with less food, you will feel full and take fewer calories which stops from weight gain. High percentage of body fat puts obese people at greater risk of heart failures. Weight loss surgery has no pain, quick recovery and weight reduction. Patient should take liquid diet after the weight loss surgery until their digestive system is adjusted to normal. In the new study, people who have undergone weight loss surgery are less likely to have heart diseases.

According to new study bariatric weight loss surgery patients were 80 percent less likely to develop any heart disease when compared with their equally overweight people who did not undergo weight loss surgery. People who had higher cholesterol, higher blood sugar levels and higher body fat have increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

A professional physician suggests bariatric surgery to treat heart diseases with weight loss. There are several surgical procedures for weight reduction to treat obese related diseases. All these procedures can cause significant weight loss to recover from many diseases. The researchers suggest that by keeping normal weight and taking proper diet and practicing exercise is key point for health. It is very important to follow good eating habits to ensure good health and to prevent from any diseases.

14. October 2011 02:13 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

About Bariatric Care Center

The Bariatric Care Center is dedicated to the holistic approach to morbid obesity. We believe that surgery is only a small fraction of the whole process of losing weight and a powerful tool when used appropriately. In order to achieve that, our team includes a specialized panel in Psychiatry, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.

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