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My name is Dawn and I am 26 years old. I have 1 daughter who will be 2 in April. I am 5'6 tall and weight 285 pounds. A little quick history about my self: I wasn't always overweight - I was a cheerleader throughout middle school and also in my first year of high school. I was dating someone who was overweight for 7 years and really just got super comfortable. We would eat out a lot and it...
After reading all of these posts, I guess I really am on the fast track. I never thought about WLS before, but I went to see a doctor and the receptionist was telling me she just had a gastric sleeve done. I didn't even know what it was. She didn't look too big. Then she told me she was 2 weeks post op and was down 25 pounds. She checked my weight, googled a BMI calculator, and I just...
Post-Medical School TrainingResidency: University of Connecticut
Bariatric Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Laparoscopic Surgery, University of Virginia
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The gastric bypass is still considered the gold standard for bariatric surgery worldwide. There is greater weight loss, better control of... READ MORE
To qualify for a bariatric procedure, one must have a body mass index (bmi) of 40 with no serious comorbidities or a bmi of 35 or above with a serious... READ MORE
I'm 44 yrs old, 5'0 & 200 lbs ... I have Asthma, Sleep Apnea & (pre) Diabetic. Will I qualify for Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Hello mamacas,After converting your current height and weight we can see that your current BMI is 39. Most insurance companies will approve a patient... READ MORE
I'm wanting to know what is the best weight loss surgery for me considering I'm 5'1" and 300+ pounds
Hello twb2007,There are a lot of different factors to take into consideration when choosing the right surgery for you. We have had patients succeed... READ MORE
Depending on whether or not your insurance is a PPO or HMO plan. The better question to ask is what the co-insurance is with your plan and whether or... READ MORE
I had this surgery 22 years ago, also had tummy tuck, but gained weight back. Can I have a second surgery?
If you have had gastric bypass, you may be a candidate for revisional surgery. This usually involves the placement of a band over the bypass. You... READ MORE
Hello singsarah44,The height and weight you submitted would put your current BMI at 44. Most Insurance companies will approve a patient for bariatric... READ MORE
Hello gl864790,The self-pay rate for a fill can vary depending on which Doctor you use. From what we have heard the price can be anywhere from 150 -... READ MORE
Hello MamaGun,Lap-Band and all other weight loss surgeries are very effective against excess weight, when used in conjunction with proper diet and... READ MORE
My weight fluctuates up and down from 140-175. It is very depressing. Would I be able to have a sleeve gastrectomy? (photo)
Most insurance companies will cover bariatric surgery as long as the patient has a BMI of 40 or more. They may also cover if the patient has a BMI of... READ MORE
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