Jumping Through Hoops For Lap Band Surgery
Having lap band surgery is actually a serious decision that shouldn't be made without consulting
a specialist. In a perfect world the only thing that would factor into that decision is whether you
are a good candidate for the surgery. Then again, in almost all cases the decision is much
more complicated. Factors like emotional stability, financial situation, and insurance coverage
will undoubtedly play a huge role in your ability to get the lap band surgery.
Let's take a look at the first of these other factors, emotional stability. There is a reason you
are obese, and without exception it often has something to do with an emotional need that
you cover up by eating. That's why all renowned programs will include some sort of mental
evaluation as part of the program. For those that take this seriously, it's an opportunity to
actually deal with the issues that cause you to over eat. For those that see this part of the
process as a hassle, you will probably not take it seriously and you will be much more likely to
regain your weight after the lap band surgery.
Then there's your financial situation to consider. The reality is that lap band surgery costs are
pretty high. Most people say they'd gladly pay whatever it takes to be skinny. Unfortunately, in
this case it's over 25 thousand if you don't have insurance. So unless you happen to be rich,
don't expect to walk in and pay cash for the procedure. Lots of folks have went bankrupt from
the medical costs associated with the lap band surgery. Have a plan and don't be one of them.
If that wasn't enough to think about, insurance coverage is something else to consider. Since
most people can't pay for the surgery by themselves, having insurance do it is the only option.
If only it were that simple. Insurance companies make you jump through hoops in order to
have the lap band surgery. You have to have a certain BMI, you have to have multiple medical
problems associated to your weight, and even if all that passes their test, you have to go on a
medically supervised diet before you can get the surgery done. Honestly, it's amazing anyone
makes it through the process. You can be confident though if you are one of the lucky ones, it's
typically well worth it.
If you can handle the six to eight months it typically takes to get approved for surgery, you can
expect a 50-80% reduction in excess weight. For most morbidly obese people that is over 100
pounds. In addition to just looking and feeling a heck of a lot better, you will also typically get
healthier. Things like sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases related to
obesity tend to disappear after losing that much weight.
The point here is a simple one. If you can put up with all the nonsense, and jump through all the
necessary hoops, the reward is huge. You will be glad you had the lap band surgery and it will
change your life.