Weight Loss Surgery Beverly Hills
The outstanding doctors and medical staff of Beverly Hills Physicians understand that the decision to obtain weight loss surgery is serious business. It’s an absolute fact that being seriously overweight puts your health and your life at risk. Heart disease, stroke, cancer…the list of devastating health conditions that can severely reduce both the length and quality of your life is long and terrifying. Luckily, new types of bariatric surgery have helped countless patients break the often destructive cycle of dieting and disappointment. In addition to more widely known methods such as the Lap Band, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, patients at Beverly Hills Physicians have found great success with:
The widely acclaimed medical team at Beverly Hills Physicians understands that where you go to obtain weight loss surgery matters a great deal. That’s why we are dedicated to providing the very highest standard of care throughout the weight loss process. Our surgeons are the very finest practitioners of all weight loss surgery options. When necessary, our surgeons are also highly experienced at revision surgery to correct ineffective bariatric procedures performed elsewhere. Once a surgery is completed, however, our job is only beginning. We work continually with our patients to make sure their recoveries are smooth and that they stay on a proper diet and fitness plan. Long after a weight loss surgery is complete, our patients are maintaining a healthy weight and enjoying a far more active and dynamic lifestyle than before their surgery.
If your BMI (body mass index) is at least 30 and accompanied by weight-related health issues, or if it’s 40 or over even without any currently existing health problems, you are likely a candidate for weight loss surgery. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a board certified surgeon. We will work with you every step of your journey. During your initial consultation one of our specialists will be happy to address any concern you may have regarding treatment, including weight loss surgery cost. Many times insurance will cover your bariatric procedure, if not, our specialist will work with you to develop an affordable payment plan. A healthy life should be attainable for all! Contact us today to begin your journey towards health and happiness.
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Who should consider weight loss surgery?
If you are severely obese you may want to take a very serious look at weight loss surgery, particularly if you are suffering from any of the countless ill effects of obesity. These may include diabetes, heart disease, severe fatigue (often related to sleep apnea) and physical impairment – not to mention a significantly increased risk of a debilitating and potentially deadly stroke. Obese individuals also have a higher risk of certain types of cancer. The truth is that, while there are never any guarantees, sustained weight loss after surgery may greatly reduce a patient’s likelihood of experiencing the kind of illnesses that can make our lives shorter and a lot less pleasant. The well-documented impact of weight loss surgery on type 2 diabetes alone can make a tremendous difference. If obesity is causing you to worry about your overall health and happiness, it’s never a bad idea to consult a physician and look at your options.
What are the qualifications for obtaining a bariatric procedure?
Patients may qualify for weight loss procedures if they fall into one of the two categories below:
- Have a BMI (body mass index) equal or greater to 40 and/or are more than 100 pounds overweight.
- Have a BMI equal or greater to 35 with a documented comorbidity, such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.
Additionally, weight loss surgery is typically recommended only after a patient has failed to lose weight without surgical assistance. To find out if weight loss surgery is right for your situation, we encourage you to reach out to us at Beverly Hills Physicians to learn more about your options.
How much time will the surgery take?
On average, weight loss surgery may take a number of hours to complete from the time you enter our office and when you finally are able to return home. However, operating times may vary depending on a patient’s specific needs. Once the procedure is over, patients should be ready for a significant amount of recovery time at home, often exceeding a month. Each patient will receive post-operative instructions that will include avoiding a number of specific types of food, heavy lifting, and supplements.
How much will the surgery cost?
Because everyone has their own very specific needs, weight loss surgery cost varies widely. RealSelf.com suggests that the average sleeve gastrectomy cost is approximately $9,550. However, it’s important to note that an average means that many patients’ costs will be significantly higher or lower. Fortunately, it’s not unlikely that your health insurance plans may cover some or all of a weight loss surgery. Regardless, even if insurance does not cover a procedure, patients facing the many serious consequences of obesity will find the cost – which is similar to buying a used car – more than worth it. Financing is also available.
What about insurance?
As mentioned elsewhere, insurance companies will often cover some or all of the costs associated with weight loss surgery; particularly if the surgery is determined to be lifesaving. Some insurance companies may require a letter of necessity from a family doctor or weight loss surgeon. The Beverly Hills Physicians team will do their best to assist you in navigating the inevitable red tape.