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A body mass index (BMI) of 20-25 is considered normal, 25-30 overweight, and 30-40 obese. Individuals with a BMI over 40 are considered morbidly obese. You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you are 50 pounds of more overweight.
Our goal is to support you with valuable, accurate information about bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure, and we want you to know the facts. Whether it’s through connecting you with a bariatric surgeon, hearing the individual experiences of patients, or browsing detailed facts about surgery from the comfort of your own home, we want to provide you with information so you can take your next step with confidence.
Are You a Candidate for Surgery?
Adults ages 18 to 60 who have a BMI over 40, thus being greater than 100 pounds overweight.
Adults with a BMI between 35 and 40, thus being approximately 75 pounds overweight, who have obesity-related medical complications, such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.
Those who have failed to lose weight by non-surgical means (weight loss programs, diets, etc). Some insurance companies may require documentation of participation in at least one weight loss program.
Those willing to commit to a lifelong change of proper diet, exercise, and medical follow up.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Can you comply with the follow up that is required after surgery?
You have to follow the directions of your surgeon, especially diet, exercise, labs and office follow up. Surgery alone will not take care of your weight or health issues. We have an extensive follow-up routine for all our bariatric surgery patients in order to successfully maintain
Does your insurance cover the surgery?
Check with your insurance company and see if bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is a covered benefit under your policy. If your insurance policy includes a specific exclusion for the surgical treatment of obesity you will not be covered for surgery, no matter your current health issues.
Are you looking to surgery for the right reasons?
Bariatric surgery is NOT done for cosmetic reasons. It is done to improve failing health, and is for those 100 pounds or more overweight. If you meet the medical criteria, you are doing it for health reasons.
Do you have the emotional support you need?
It is crucial that you have a strong support network of family and friends that will be there to help you through the decision making process, and especially as you recover after surgery. We suggest that not only the patient, but also their close friends and family become educated about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP SCHEDULE
1st Monday of the month at Lakeside Hospital
1st Wednesday of the month at Immanuel Medical Center
1st Thursday of the month at Mercy Hospital
3rd Tuesday of the month at Immanuel Medical Center
For a complete schedule and topics, call 402-572-3663 or visit our facebook page at OmahaGastricBypass
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