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Questions You Must Ask Your Bariatric Surgeon

In Before Surgery by OC Staff

Bariatric surgery is not a quick process. Yes, the surgery only lasts a few hours. But it often takes 6 months to get approved for surgery. It takes a year to reach your weight loss goal. And it takes a lifetime to keep it off. Remember that bariatric surgery is a tool to get your weight down. After a year, …

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Stomach Stapling Surgery – What is it?

In Before Surgery, Experimental by OC Staff

You’ve probably heard the term stomach stapling. But what does that mean exactly? Is stomach stapling a procedure to lose weight? Did you know there are two common weight loss surgery procedures that involve stomach stapling? What is Stomach Stapling? Stomach stapling is not the technical name of any procedure. However, there is one procedure that only staples your stomach. …

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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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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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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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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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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 …