As weight loss surgery becomes more and more popular, bariatric surgeon
• BMI – The most clear-cut factor that determines whether or not a person is eligible for weight loss surgery is each individual patient's BMI (body mass index).
• Comorbidities – While many people are aware that, behind smoking, obesity is the second leading cause of premature death, it is actually co-morbidities resulting from obesity, such as diabetes and heart disease, which actually threaten a patient's life and cost insurance a great deal in terms of patient care.
• Ability to Commit – In addition to the factors that relate to a patient's physical health, insurance companies providing coverage for weight loss surgery also require that a patient undergo a basic psychological evaluation to make sure that they are the type of person who can make the behavioral modification necessary to successfully lose weight.
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