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DECISIONS, DECISIONS… New Research Analyzes What Really Counts When Considering Weight Loss Surgery

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on December 13, 2018

Most people base the decision to undergo weight loss surgery on expected out-of-pocket costs and weight-loss potential — not risk of complications or recovery time, according to a new study in JAMA Surgery. Researchers from Michigan Medicine asked 815 adults who were pursuing bariatric surgery to share what procedure characteristics mattered most to them. Their Read More →

New Bariatric Surgery Study Spells Good News for Diabetics

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on November 9, 2018

Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery has previously covered the benefits of weight loss surgery for men and women with type 2 diabetes. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests even more good news, beyond the life-altering weight loss, for diabetic patients who opt for the surgery. Funded by Read More →

Intermittent Fasting May Be All the Rage, but it’s Not Right for Everyone

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on October 26, 2018

Have you heard of intermittent fasting? It’s the latest craze when it comes to eating; or not eating, as the case may be. More than a diet and with benefits far exceeding weight loss, intermittent fasting is believed by many to be the key to longevity; but it’s not an appropriate approach for everyone, including Read More →

The Biggest Losers Make for the Biggest Winners

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on October 19, 2018

The more weight you lose, the greater the health gains, but weight loss doesn’t come easy for most, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. According to the study, those who lost more than a fifth of their body weight more than doubled their likelihood of good metabolic health, compared with those Read More →

Weight Loss Surgery Saves Lives – Why Don’t Insurers Cover It?

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on October 16, 2018

This much we know: Weight loss surgery not only saves a lot of money but also improves quality-of-life and extends life expectancy. But now the exact benefits have been quantified. The lifetime cost saving associated with having weight loss surgery is $28,999 per patient. Every diabetic weight loss surgery patient gains an extra 3.7 years of Read More →

BREAKING: MORE INSURERS TO COVER COSTS OF GASTRIC BALLOONS

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on March 23, 2018

There’s good news for people who are considering a gastric balloon, one of the newer weight loss surgeries available today.  Intragastric balloons are now on the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s (ASMBS) list of “approved procedures and devices.” This is big, as it means that more insurers will start covering the costs associated with Read More →

Weight Loss Surgery & The Growing Role of Post-procedure Cosmetic Treatments

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

The growing rate of obesity throughout the U.S. has helped to shine a spotlight on what is a serious health epidemic. Not surprisingly, this increased attention on how to combat the general health consequences of obesity has helped pave the way to a surge in the number of bariatric surgery procedures being performed. Just ten years ago, the number Read More →

The Heart of the Matter – Can Weight Loss Surgery Improve Heart Health?

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 30, 2018

It’s well established that obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and that excess belly fat can lead to unhealthy changes in heart function and size. But new research suggests that bariatric surgery (and the weight loss that follows) can reverse these detrimental changes. Excess abdominal fat makes the heart muscle grow bigger; which is Read More →

Six Ways to Reduce Anemia Risk Following Gastric Bypass Surgery

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

Gastric bypass surgery can be a true lifesaver, but it’s not without risk. New research shows that many who undergo this weight loss surgery have anemia — a condition marked by an insufficient level of red blood cells — 10 years after treatment shines a light on some of these potential risks. The findings, which appear Read More →

FDA Warns of Deaths Following Gastric Balloon Surgery – Should you be concerned?

Written by Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery   Last modified on May 23, 2018

Recent headlines calling attention to a handful of deaths among people who received liquid-filled gastric balloons for weight loss are raising some eyebrows among people who have balloons in place and those considering these devices. But at least one expert cautions that these risks — while admittedly troubling — are relatively rare, and pale in comparison to Read More →

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