Obesity is not a joke. And it’s no reason to feel like there is anything wrong with you other than your weight.
The American adult obesity rate is about 40 percent — meaning that nearly half of all adults are obese.
But there is something you can do. You are not powerless to remain looking and feeling the way that you do now.
And you’re thinking in the right direction, undertaking bariatric surgery. This is a move that physicians and researchers have determined is important enough to change the guidelines for bariatric surgery to allow more people to get a bariatric procedure.
Now it’s time to make it happen. Here’s what you need to know about preparing for bariatric surgery.
Study up on the Dollars and Cents
There is plenty to learn and know in the lead-up to preparing for bariatric surgery.
The first thing to do is to consult with your health plan about whether or not it is considered a medical necessity. Read any and all materials that you can find about the specific types of procedures that your insurer will cover. If you call, an associate will likely ask for the specific procedure code for the surgery to look up in their coverage details system.
Do note that even if a health plan “covers” bariatric surgery that doesn’t mean that it will pay for the procedure in full or at all.
Most people make financially dangerous assumptions about what their insurance will or won’t pay for. However, explaining to associates that your goal is the become healthier will at the very least get you going in the best direction that your health plan will allow.
Medical bills are the No. 1 reason why people declare bankruptcy. Be careful not to hurt for financial health in this process.
Find a Surgeon
Again, this will be heavily influenced by your health plan. Be sure to check if a surgeon and the facility that they want to do the procedure in are in the network for your health plan.
Also, ask your surgeon is willing or able to do a procedure at a standalone surgery center or another outpatient setting. These facilities have lower facility charges because they aren’t tied into a hospital or other large medical center.
A Google search will present you with a cornucopia of options. A search like weight loss surgery near me will get you started. Once you have an idea of what’s available near you, you can study up on specific providers.
Preparing for Bariatric Surgery Week or Day Of
Preparing for bariatric surgery is the same generally wherever you go. But, your surgeon will have specific guidelines for you to follow before the procedure. These must be followed or you will have the disappointment of having to cancel the same-day or delay the procedure.
No matter how hard or strenuous, this kind of surgery can change your life.
And once you’ve changed, you can take on all of the things that you thought might not be an option for you. Keep it here for the latest Florida lifestyle and living.