How Do I Talk to My Doctor about Gastric Bypass?

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on June 12th, 2011 in Weight Loss

Your primary care physician is normally the first line of defense for your health and aware of your medical history, habits, and 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, increase physical activity, and how losing weight can improve other conditions.

If weight loss efforts have been ineffective so far and you are committed to change, weight loss surgery may be an option.

Gastric Bypass Might Be an Option In Your Case

Gastric bypass is one of the most common and effective weight loss surgeries available in the United States. Ideal candidates for gastric bypass have a 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 making these adjustments.

If you think you might be a good candidate, your primary care physician is the best place to start. However, before meeting with them, you should research gastric bypass surgery and the alternatives.

Make an Appointment with Your Primary Care Physician

Tell your GP that 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 it is best to start compiling this history if you consider weight loss surgery. 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. Our staff is eager to connect with you and provide further information about our program.