Get Healthy on A Low Cost

One of the most common conditions that obese patients face is the issue of type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that a type 2 diabetes cure may be achieved with weight loss and a healthy diet. When all else fails, weight-loss surgery has been shown to achieve great results. According to the Mayo Clinic Website, “If you have type 2 diabetes and your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery).

Blood sugar levels return to normal in 55 to 95 percent of people with diabetes, depending on the procedure performed. Surgeries that bypass a portion of the small intestine have more of an effect on blood sugar levels than do other weight-loss surgeries” The lap band is a surgery that can achieve these results in a minimally-invasive and reversible way.

Laparoscopic gastric banding surgery is the second most common weight loss surgery, after gastric bypass. Gastric banding surgery uses laparoscopic tools to place an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. This achieves a small upper pouch, through which very little food is allowed to pass. After banding, the stomach can only hold about one ounce of food at a time, helping the patient to feel full. A tube connects the silicone band to a device just under the skin through which saline can be injected or removed using a needle. Injecting saline fills the band and makes it tighter and removing saline allows more food to pass through the stomach. In this way, the band can be tightened or loosened as needed, reducing side effects and improving healthy weight loss.

Gastric banding surgery is considered the least invasive weight loss surgery. It is also the safest. The procedure can be reversed if necessary which is the main reason behind it’s widespread appeal. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, patients experience few complications and are still able to absorb food.

The lap band cost can range from $15,000 to $18,000, depending on if patient had previous existing medical conditions, what lap band surgeon the patient chooses, what hospital or facility the surgery takes place, and the preferred meathod of payment. The lap band is covered by most PPO insurance. If the insurance company does not cover the lap band, there are also financing options available. It is important to note that some surgeons, and most insurance companies, may ask for several requirements in order to be approved surgery including a detailed diet history and psychological evaluations.

Many patients have noticed an improvement on their blood sugar levels after surgery. As the patient loses excess weight, fat cells shrink and are able to more easily process sugar in the blood. Soon after, most patients are able to consult with their doctor and begin discussing the idea of removing medication from their treatment regiment.

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