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To qualify for insurance coverage of weight loss surgery, many insurers require patients to have a history of medically supervised weight loss efforts. If you are curious about weight loss and bariatric surgery in northern New Jersey, consider attending one of our monthly no-cost seminars presented by Dr. Karl Strom, Medical Director of Center for Advanced Bariatric Surgery at HackensackUMC Mountainside. You will learn about the types of bariatric weight loss surgeries we perform, and you will hear some of our success stories as well.
Another option is to discuss the surgery with your primary physician, who can refer you to our weight loss team. At that point we will work with you to provide an individualized evaluation to determine if bariatric surgery is an appropriate option. We will also help you determine if your insurance covers the surgery.
According to the National Institutes of Health, an increase in 20 percent or more above your ideal body weight is when health risks become a concern. Today some 97 million Americans, more than one-third of the adult population, are overweight or obese. An estimated 5 to 10 million of those are considered morbidly obese.
Obesity becomes "morbid" when it significantly increases the risk of serious diseases that can result either in significant physical disability or death. Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher. According to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Report, morbid obesity is a serious disease and must be treated as such. It is also chronic, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time.
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Concerned about the risk of weight loss surgery?
In clinical studies, candidates for the procedure who had multiple obesity-related health conditions questioned whether they could safely have the surgery. These studies show that the selection of surgical candidates is based on very strict criteria and that surgery is an option for the majority of patients. An extensive pre-operative testing process minimizes surgical risk. Here are some informational links you’ll find helpful: