Information recently published in the U.K. journal Heart, announced that over the course of 73 studies, researchers have found that surgical weight loss procedures reduce the warning signs of heart disease more drastically than drug treatments.
This groundbreaking study involved nearly 20,000 patients based out of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Nearly half of all patients were at risk for stroke, heart attack and heart failure before undergoing weight-loss surgical procedures. An impressive statistic showed that many risk factors (including high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol) were significantly improved or resolved following weight loss surgery. Many studies have even suggested that just a 10% weight loss can lower the risk of obesity related illnesses.
According to the World Health Organization a staggering 2.8 million adults die each year from obesity. And unless things change quickly, there will be 65 million more obese people in the U.S. by 2030. Already, the annual cost of obesity-related illnesses comes to more than $190 million. (U.S. Institutes of Medicine). It’s no wonder that more and more frequently insurance providers are discovering the worth of offering bariatric surgery benefits.
At the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana and Mississippi, we not only offer laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric banding, the duodenal switch, sleeve gastrectomy, but we also have 7 full-time patient advocates that can help you acquire insurance approval for your procedure. We know that weight loss surgery is a very personal decision so we offer compassionate assistance in navigating insurance and payment options. Our goal is to provide a positive experience before, during, and after surgery.
Having performed over 10,000 weight loss surgeries, our group of 7 advanced laparoscopic surgeons has offices in Lafayette, New Orleans, Covington, and Gulfport, Mississippi. You can learn more about obesity and weight loss options on our website whyweight.com or by attending a free informational seminar.