What Actually Is Gastric Bypass?

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgeries is one of the most popular and is designed to significantly reduce the food that you eat. This is a good choice for those that have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise and but to no avail. In addition, this surgery is good to help not only lose weight but to improve a person’s quality of life. A person that loses a large amount of weight through gastric bypass will,

  1. Gain lost mobility.
  2. Reduce the number of health related problems.
  3. Lead a much healthier lifestyle.

Gastric bypass is not an easy surgery and it is performed under anesthesia. The surgery generally takes several hours (usually between 1 to 4 hours) depending on the severity of the case. Normally, it requires hospital stay of two to seven days depending on individual's rate of the recovery. 

There are two different types of surgeries that fall under the gastric bypass category. These include the biliopancreatic diversion bypass and the Roux-en-Y bypass, both traditional and laparoscopic.

The cost of a bypass surgery can vary a great deal...

Typically these surgeries can cost anywhere between $17,000 - $35,000. The cost will vary according on where you live, your case and the doctor that you use. If you are considering this surgery, you should know that more insurance companies are paying for these surgeries. In some states obesity surgery paid by government agencies is common.

If your insurance pays for your gastric bypass surgery, you can expect it to cover you hospital fees, anesthesia fees, surgeon fees, x-rays and some post operative care. It probably will not cover post surgery consultations such as diet counseling or exercises, the cost of supplements and vitamins, and any post surgery procedures that you want to have done that includes liposuction, plastic surgery and lifts.

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