Gastric Sleeve Surgery Requirements

Rome wasn’t built in a day: just like it took you months and years to put on the excess weight, it will, therefore, take some time to lose it. If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, there is a good chance you are getting adequate pre- and post-op guidance from a doctor you trust. Individuals who undergo this process attest that after the surgery and consequent weight loss they feel healthier, are more energetic, and rarely take drugs to treat, if any, complications of obesity. This surgery can greatly improve a person’s quality of life.

Gastric SleeveNot all overweight people are eligible for the surgery. However, those with a body mass index of above 40 or a BMI of 35 and has morbidity related medical qualify for gastric sleeve surgery. In order for a patient to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery, he or she must meet the following requirements as well:

  • They must be between the age of 18 and 60
  • They must prove that they have unsuccessfully tried other weight loss methods in the past
  • They have been obese for more than 3 years
  • They are willing to make significant lifestyle changes
  • They are aware of the potential risks and side effects of gastric sleeve surgery
  • Have at least one of the following diagnosed health conditions: type II diabetes mellitus, clinically significant obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, asthma, obesity induced cardiomyopathy, hepatic steatosis, severe arthropathy of spine and weight-bearing joints
  • Have a psychological examination
  • Have an insurance that covers gastric sleeve surgery

Covering the cost of weight loss surgery is a major consideration for many people. Fortunately, most commercial insurance plans approve all typical weight loss surgical procedures some with a mandatory three up to six months weight management protocol, dietary, and psychological evaluations that patients must complete before surgery. These are practical and very important steps that help ensure a patient’s readiness for the procedure.

As with all major surgeries, gastric sleeve procedures comes with its risks and complications that patients must completely understand and prepare for, both physically, mentally and emotionally. Such risks include abdominal bleeding, infection in the incision, deep venous thrombosis of the legs – blood clots, lung problems – pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms, strokes or heart attacks, anesthetic complications, blockage or obstruction of the intestine and death – though the risk is less than 1% but greater in morbidly obese individuals.

Gastric sleeve surgeries are gaining popularity as one of the safest procedures with the least amount of complications and one of the most important factors in reducing your risk is to work closely with your surgeon and keeping an open mind so as to ensure you and your surgeon identify the correct procedure for your circumstances.

Patients are required to complete a thorough psychological assessment, to determine their psychological and behavioral readiness. Psychological medications provided include techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation, breathing exercises, and coping strategies that can be useful to the patient before and after surgery.