This type of weight loss surgery is done using long, thin instruments to place an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach.
A laparoscopic gastric banding is a type of weight loss surgery that uses small medical instruments and a camera to place an adjustable band around the top of the stomach. The instruments are inserted into three or four small cuts in the abdomen.
Some benefit plans may provide coverage for weight loss surgery if you meet certain requirements and/or receive prior authorization. Please review your coverage documents and/or call the number on your health plan ID card for more information.
Weight loss surgery is not a cure for obesity. Certain lifestyle changes are necessary for the surgery to be successful. Some lifestyle changes include getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet and following the recommendations of your healthcare providers. Prior to considering weight loss surgery, you should know your BMI, or Body Mass Index. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has an online tool to help you determine your BMI. Here are some guidelines that are used to determine who may be a candidate for weight loss surgery.
Prior to surgery, you will meet with a dietician and mental health provider. The goal of these visits is to teach you about the diet you must follow and make sure you are ready for the significant lifestyle changes you must make to have a positive outcome. You should tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit as smoking can interfere with your recovery. The longer you are not smoking before surgery, the better your chances for a smooth recovery.
During your surgery, you will likely receive general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free. With general anesthesia you are put into a deep sleep and are unable to see, hear or feel anything. Other types of anesthesia may be used during this surgery, but they are less common.
Some benefit plans may provide coverage for weight loss surgery if you meet certain requirements and/or receive prior authorization. Please review your coverage documents and/or call the number on your health plan ID card for more information. The estimates shown apply when the service is determined to be a covered service, eligible for in-network reimbursement.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having weight loss surgery?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider after discharge. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should also tell your primary care physician the details of your surgery and treatment plan.
Some benefit plans recommend or require that members receive treatment for certain conditions (including cancer, bariatric surgery, bowel surgery, and heart procedures/surgeries) at a Center of Excellence (COE) facility.
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