Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?
Qualifying for Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, makes surgical changes
to your stomach and digestive system leading to weight loss. The long
term success of weight loss surgery depends on your ability to make permanent
changes in your lifestyle.
You may need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight loss
surgery. In general, bariatric surgery could be an option if:
- Efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity)
- Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity) and you have a serious weight-related
health problem such as Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
or severe sleep apnea.
Even if you meet these general guidelines, you still may need to meet certain
other medical guidelines to qualify for weight loss surgery. Further evaluations
will be conducted to determine if you are psychologically and medical
ready to undergo the procedure.
- Your nutrition and weight history
- Your medical condition
- Your psychological status
- Your motivation
- Your age
Some insurance plans may or may not provide coverage for weight loss surgery.
When insurance coverage is not available, Baton Rouge General provides
affordable, alternative financing options. In certain cases, claiming
expenses associated with weight loss surgery with the IRS is permissible,
- General Insurance Eligibility Requirements:
- ≥ 18 years of age
- 2-5 year history of disease
- BMI ≥ 40 OR BMI ≥ 35 with at least one comorbidity (other existing
- 3-6 month medically supervised diet and exercise program
- Nutrition evaluation
- Behavioral evaluation