How much do you have to be overweight to have the gastric sleeve and can it be done if you have acid reflux?
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How much over weight do you have to be to have gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Just to clarify this further the above numbers applies to an individual who is interested in having the cost of surgery covered by insurance. There are folks that fall outside these parameters. These individuals may still qualify for bariatric surgery but insurance will not cover their care. If your BMI is between 30 to 35, you still qualify for Laparoscopic gastric banding and Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy but these procedures are not deemed as medically necessary and therefore you have to pay out of pocket. The average cost of surgery is from 10k to 14k.
Each individual has specific circumstance that a simple number such as BMI can not represent. Therefore the most suitable recommendation should come from your bariatric surgeon after a clear understanding of your goals, medical conditions and circumstances.
Sleeve and acid reflux
As stated below, a BMI of 33 does not usually fall w/i the range covered by health insurance. Patients with a BMI of 30-34 are candidates for surgery. Just don't expect your insurance company to cover the cost.
Can sleeve be done with acid reflux and a BMI of 33?
As as for the reflux, most patients who have reflux and get a sleeve report improvement in their symptoms, though some need to stay on anti-acid medication. A small subset of sleeve patients will see worsening of pre-existing reflux disease or new onset reflux where it wasn't present prior to surgery. Addressing a hiatal hernia, when present, even if small, can have a big impact, either way. In my practice,I don't treat the presence of reflux as a reason to steer a patient away from a sleeve gastrectomy as the right procedure for them.