Do you qualify for weight loss surgery in the DMV area?
Below are some things to consider.
What are the Requirements for Bariatric Surgery?
In order to be eligible to undergo weight loss surgery you must meet a strict criterion:
- You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more.
- You have a BMI between 35-40 with one other obesity relating qualifying condition such as heart disease, or diabetes.
- You weigh less than 450 lbs.
How Else is a Bariatric Surgery Patient Evaluated?
After your doctor has verified that you meet the general surgery requirements there are a few other ways that they may want to evaluate you.
This can include an assessment of your mental health and readiness through counseling.
In some cases, you may be required to lose a specific amount of weight on your own before surgery.
Moreover, they should conduct a series of other health screening evaluations to ensure you are approved to safely undergo surgery. This usually includes blood tests, imaging, and more.
Does Insurance Cover Bariatric Surgery?
While many insurance plans do cover weight loss surgery, most plans also require a three to six-month period of supervised weight loss attempts before surgery is approved.
Your doctor can help you through this process.
Once you have been approved for weight loss surgery the next steps are to speak with your surgeon about expectations before, during, and after your surgery.
Before your surgery, you will need to adhere to certain protocols such as smoking cessation, and setting up your post-surgical care.
Schedule Your Consultation for Weight Loss Surgery in the DMV
At Maryland Bariatrics our physicians and staff pride themselves in providing excellent services to the Maryland community.
To learn more about the services we offer at Maryland Bariatrics or to schedule an initial consultation visit our website today or call us at (301)965-0546.