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The Expert’s Guide To Gastric Bypass

In Gastric Bypass, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Table of Contents: History Benefits Surgery Day Recovery Diet Dumping Syndrome Vitamins & Supplements Can it be Stretched? Expected Weight Loss Saggy Skin Emotional Changes Risks and Downsides Books and Tools For Success Conclusion History Weight loss surgery was developed using two different approaches. One of these approaches used techniques of restriction that limited the intake of calories while the …

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Gastric Bypass Vs. Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In Before Surgery, Featured, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve by OC Staff

There are several things to consider when trying to decide between gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery. Unlike the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap Band), these two operations are both permanent, reduce hunger, and lead to the highest percentage of weight loss. To properly compare gastric sleeve surgery to gastric bypass surgery we will examine the following data : Expected …

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The Big Gastric Bypass Diet Guide

In Gastric Bypass by OC Staff

Table of Contents Pre-op Liquid Diet Post-op and Week 1 Week 2 and 3 Week 4 and 5 Week 6 How to Choose Gastric Bypass Appropriate Foods Recommended Gastric Bypass Diet/Recipe Books Gastric bypass surgery is a lifesaving procedure. You will lose weight. You will reduce your co-morbidities. You will feel better and look better. However, to be successful (long-term), …

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Average Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery

In Gastric Bypass, How Much?, Insurance and Costs by OC Staff

Costs can vary based on your location. When considering how you will pay for surgery, the price of laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery should not affect your decision to choose a qualified surgeon. Of the three most popular bariatric surgeries (Lap Band, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass), gastric bypass is the most expensive. Duodenal switch surgery and some revision procedures are usually …

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Gastric Bypass Tips & Tricks: Midol Complete, Gas X Strips, Cough Pillows, And More

In Before And After Interviews, Gastric Bypass by OC Staff

Listen Now! Fallon had gastric bypass surgery only two months ago. The process and recovery is still fresh in her memory. Background Fallon had an unhealthy relationship with food for most of her life. In fact, at age 9 her parents put her on the Dolly Parton Diet (yes, cabbage soup all day, everyday). Needless to say, she developed some …

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Cost of Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy) Surgery

In Gastric Sleeve, How Much?, Insurance and Costs by OC Staff

Updated for 2015 ~ Results based on January, 2015 Survey Costs can vary based on your location. Typically, the price of gastric sleeve surgery is slightly more than gastric band surgery and considerably less than gastric bypass surgery. Based on our 2015 survey, prices in the 10 most expensive states dropped almost 10% and the average price dropped almost 5% …

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Will My Stomach Stretch After Surgery?

In Featured, Gastric Sleeve, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

One of the first questions patients ask about gastric sleeve surgery is, “Will my stomach stretch after surgery?” And it’s a very important question. You’re having gastric sleeve surgery to shrink the size of your stomach. This makes you feel full faster and eat less food. The surgery has a nice benefit of reducing the hunger inducing hormone ghrelin. But …

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Gastric Bypass Vs. Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In Before Surgery, Featured, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve by OC Staff

There are several things to consider when trying to decide between gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery. Unlike the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap Band), these two operations are both permanent, reduce hunger, and lead to the highest percentage of weight loss. To properly compare gastric sleeve surgery to gastric bypass surgery we will examine the following data : Expected …

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Recovery From Gastric Sleeve – What To Expect From Day 1

In Featured, Gastric Sleeve, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Reviewed By Marc A. Neff, M.D., F.A.C.S. You know what procedure you’re going to have. You’ve picked your surgeon. Insurance has agreed to cover the procedure. You’ve even been scheduled for surgery! You’ve done your research and the big day is coming soon, but what happens after surgery? Surgery Day After your gastric sleeve surgery you will wake up in the …

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Expected Weight Loss From Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Calculator

In Featured, Gastric Sleeve, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Patients often want to know exactly how much weight they will lose from gastric sleeve surgery. The answer changes for every patient. But there are some easy ways to calculate your expected weight loss. Having proper expectations for how much weight you can expect to lose, assuming you follow the after surgery guidelines, is an important factor when considering your …

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Is It Right For Me?

In Gastric Sleeve, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) was originally the first part of a ‘staged’ gastric bypass surgery. Surgeons used a ‘staged’ approach for super morbid obese patients (extremely overweight). Instead of performing an entire gastric bypass surgery, surgeons would perform the first part of the procedure, reducing the size of the stomach. And then 18 months later when …

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Demystifying Gastric Sleeve Complications

In Gastric Sleeve, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Written by Dan Abeling, OC Staff Gastric Sleeve surgery is a proven safe and effective procedure for weight loss. While gastric  sleeve surgery is the newest of the “approved” surgeries for weight loss, it has quickly gained favor from physicians and patients alike. The surgery may soon surpass Lap Band and gastric bypass in popularity. Being overweight carries an increased …

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All About Lap Band Fills

In Lap Bands, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

A gastric band, commonly known as the Lap Band, is a silicon band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. On the inside of the band is a balloon. Attached to the balloon is a tube that attaches on the other side to a port that is located just under the patient’s skin. The Lap Band works …

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Lap Band Erosion – Jacqui’s Story

In Before And After Interviews, Lap Bands by OC Staff

Listen to the interview! Jacqui had Lap Band surgery in 2007. Five years after mediocre weight loss (50 lbs) she found herself having difficulty swallowing. Over the course of a few months it got worse. After some testing, her doctors found that her band had eroded into her stomach. What is Lap Band Erosion? Lap Band erosion is a condition …

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Average Cost of Lap Band Surgery

In How Much?, Insurance and Costs, Lap Bands by OC Staff

Updated for 2015 ~ Results based on survey conducted January, 2015 Costs can vary based on your location. Do not let the price of Lap Band surgery affect your decision to choose a qualified surgeon. In fact, choosing a good surgeon is one of the most important choices you have prior to surgery. $8,700 to $29,000 is the pricing range …

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How Much Weight Will You Lose After Lap Band Surgery?

In Lap Bands by OC Staff

If you’re considering weight loss surgery then you should consider Lap Band surgery. There are three common weight loss procedures; Lap Band surgery, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery. The technique and method of weight loss is different for every procedure. However, the goal is the same, to lose weight, reduce co-morbidities, and live a healthier life. The amount of …

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Lap Bands – How Long Do They Last?

In Lap Bands, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

While Lap Bands have been shown to be an effective solution for obese patients who have tried other methods of weight loss without success, the gastric band procedure is relatively new and it involves an implant. Any sort of long-term implant should be considered very carefully. Do you recall any of the recent news about prosthetic hips and mesh recalls? …

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Lap Band Complications

In Lap Bands, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Lap Band surgery is attractive because the surgery is relatively easy, its quick, and there is little chance of a serious complication. Even though there is little risk of a serious complication, there is a good chance that you’ll have a complication. Recent studies show that Lap Band patients have a 25% to 50% chance of a complication. What Is …

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How Lap Bands Work

In Lap Bands, Weight Loss Surgeries by OC Staff

Reviewed by Enrique Elli, M.D. The gastric band procedure (commonly known as Lap Band) is a restrictive weight loss surgery.The Lap Band was FDA approved for the treatment of morbid obesity in 2001 in the United States. Next to gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding is the second most frequently performed bariatric surgery. You should lose weight. It does not reduce …

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Weight Loss Surgery – Insurance Coverage Criteria

In Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process, Resources by OC Staff

The list below is organized by insurance company. We include the following important information for each insurance company listed: Which weight loss surgeries are covered. Required criteria before gastric bypass, Lap Band or other procedures are approved for coverage. If Lap Band fills are covered after surgery. Contact information for your insurance provider. A link to the insurance policy detailing …

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What is a Weight Loss Seminar? Do I Need To Attend?

In Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process by OC Staff

Weight Loss Seminars are typically held monthly but bigger bariatric surgery practices will hold seminars weekly or even every few days. Weight Loss Seminars are a low-pressure way to meet a surgeon and find out more about bariatic surgery. A good weight loss surgery seminar will include the following: An overview of all obesity surgery procedures Lap Bands Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass …

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How to Appeal When Insurance Denies Bariatric Surgery

In Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process by OC Staff

Its very possible that your insurance company denied your first request for coverage of bariatric surgery. This is often true even if your insurance company specifically has a policy to cover weight loss surgery for qualifying patients. In fact, some surgeons suggest that as many as 40% of patients have to appeal their insurance company’s initial denial before the company …

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Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs

In Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process by OC Staff

There is a good chance you will be required to take part in a medically supervised weight loss program. What does this mean? You will probably have to take part in a total weight loss program that will include, exercise, diet, and/or medication. Some insurances require this to be supervised by a physician other than your surgeon. The purpose of …

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What is a Comorbidity?

In Before Surgery, Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process by OC Staff

A comorbidity is a disease that is the result of, or strongly related to, a primary disease. As it applies to weight loss surgery, the disease is morbid obesity and the comorbidities are many. Morbid Obesity is a condition when you are severely overweight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a calculation that uses your height and weight to create a …

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Letter of Medical Necessity

In Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process by OC Staff

The Letter of Medical Necessity is required by every insurance company prior to obesity surgery. The Letter of Medical Necessity says that you are morbidly obese, according to the NIH guidelines or the guidelines that your insurance company lays out. Because you are morbidly obese it is then a medical necessity to have this procedure. Being morbidly obese is life-threatening …

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Weight Loss Surgery – Insurance Coverage Criteria

In Insurance and Costs, Pre-approval Process, Resources by OC Staff

The list below is organized by insurance company. We include the following important information for each insurance company listed: Which weight loss surgeries are covered. Required criteria before gastric bypass, Lap Band or other procedures are approved for coverage. If Lap Band fills are covered after surgery. Contact information for your insurance provider. A link to the insurance policy detailing …

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Suggested Reading Before and After Surgery

In Before Surgery, Resources by OC Staff

You can never read and learn enough when it comes to a life-changing procedure like weight loss surgery. People that succesfully keep the weight off know that weight loss surgery is only the tool to help you lose weight. It will not keep the weight off and weight loss surgery is not the easy way out. Its only the beginning …

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Am I Morbidly Obese?

In Before Surgery, Calculators, Obesity & You, Resources by OC Staff

Reviewed By Patricia Sullivan, BSN, RN, CNOR, CBN In order to qualify for weight loss surgery you have to be considered morbidly obese. By definition this term means that you suffer from obesity and because of this you are more likely to suffer from comorbidities. The National Institute of Health (NIH) set the standards to measure and treat obesity. There …

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Which Weight Loss Surgery Forum Should I Join?

In Apps, Before Surgery, Resources by OC Staff

Weight loss surgery is a big decision. Weight loss surgery is also an emotional roller coaster. Successful patients typically have a strong support group. And while family is wonderful to have as support, none of them can relate to your surgery unless they have gone through it. Weight loss surgery forums are the best way to share your personal experiences …

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Top 7 Apps After Weight Loss Surgery

In After Surgery, Apps, Resources by OC Staff

You’ve had weight loss surgery and you’re on your way to a thinner and healthier life. You’d like to take advantage of technology and use some of the great apps out there to help you along the way. But which apps should you use? There are a lot of choices and many of them seem similar. We reviewed over 30 …

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