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How Do I Talk to My Doctor About Gastric Bypass?

June 12th, 2011 - Posted by Jeremy Korman, MD to Weight Loss

Your primary care physician is normally the first line of defense when it comes to your health. She knows your medical history, your habits and the individual details that make you unique.

If you are seriously obese, chances are you’ve discussed losing weight with your doctor before. You have likely discussed ways to moderate caloric intake and increase physical activity. You may have even discussed how losing weight can help improve your other health conditions. However, if continued weight-loss efforts have been ineffective and youare committed to the long-term changes needed to lose excess fat, you may be consideringweight loss surgery as a next step.

Gastric bypass is one of the most common and effective weight loss surgeries available in the United States. Ideal candidates for gastric bypass have body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, roughly corresponding to 100 pounds or more of excess weight. They may have health problems associated with obesity, but none that would make surgery an unnecessary risk. They have thoroughly considered the risks, trade-offs, and expected benefits of weight loss surgery. They are also aware of the lifestyle changes needed to achieve the optimum results with bariatric surgery, and they are firm in their commitment to make these adjustments.

If you think you might be a good candidate, your primary care physician is the best place to start. Before meeting with him/her, you should research gastric bypass surgery, as well as alternatives; more information is available on the Marina Del Rey Hospital site.

Make an appointment with your primary care physician

Tell her you are interested in weight loss surgery and are seeking a referral
Discuss your present health conditions, or any medications you are on, and how these may be affected with surgery.

You will probably be asked to describe your past attempts at losing weight, so the more organization and detail you can provide about your previous weight loss attempts, the better. Many insurance companies also require this information, so if you are considering weight loss surgery it is best to start compiling this history now. You will discuss any possible issues that could rule surgery out; you should have a chance to ask any questions you may have, so make a list beforehand.

If you are a good candidate for surgery, your doctor may provide you with a letter of referral. You may also discuss bariatric surgeons in your area to determine which program is the best fit for you. If you are interested in having your surgery with Dr. Korman atMarina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles tell your doctor and provide her with the office phone number in case she has any questions. Our staff is eager to connect with your doctor and provide further information about our program, so please share our contact information as needed.

Find out more

Marina Weight Loss, located in Marina Del Rey, has extensive experience in helping patients through the process of weight loss surgery, from beginning to end. If you have any questions about how this process usually goes, please call us at (800) 491-1977 or schedule an appointment. We will be happy to help.

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