The Costs of Medical Weight Loss

November 7, 2009 by  
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Old Fat Guy at the Lake ShorePeople who have tried every diet in the book and still have had had little success with their weight loss aspirations may plead with their doctor for a more permanent solution. Their health may be at risk, their self-esteem at an all time low and they may be struggling in their personal lives.

Under such extreme circumstances where a person needs to (for medical reasons) lose more than 30 pounds, doctors may suggest medical weight loss options. The most popular of these is gastric bypass surgery or a recently more non-invasive procedure called the Lap Band system.

Any surgery can be very expensive and weight loss in a medical procedure is no exception. Some health insurance companies may cover the costs like they would any other procedure if the doctor codes it as necessary for the patient’s health and future. Others may think this procedure falls under elective or esthetic procedures like face lifts and laser eye surgery and may not cover it fully or at all.

Some medical weight loss centers offer financing plans and installment options, so find out all the details before you sign the dotted line. You wouldn’t want to have lost considerable weight but lost your ability to shop for new clothes as well.

Emotional and Social Costs

Some people find a drastic change in the way they look difficult to adjust to. Every thing comes with a price, so if you are a size 22 and got your stomach stapled or underwent some other procedure; don’t expect to wake up from the anesthesia a size 2. The weight will drop as you eat less because of the surgery on your stomach.

However this also means that you will never be able to have a large meal however tempting it may look. Even if you do want to indulge on a special occasion or for a special treat, you may just throw up. You will need to have several mini-meals throughout the day instead of the regular three meals most people have. That may disrupt your social life in a way, but it can also mean you have your health back.

Some people have very high expectation with medical weight loss procedures and are disappointed with the pace of results. Some do not like the major changes in their eating style and want a reversal. Some procedures are reversible, while others are not.

Be sure to weigh all the costs of any medical weight loss procedure. The free seminars that weight loss centers host will obviously only state the positive. Talk to your doctor and to people who have had the procedure done. Read reviews on websites and in books and only then decide if such a medical weight loss option is right for you.
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