Bariatric Surgery/Do i qualify

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Would I qualify for gastric bypass. I am 60 years old 200 lbs and 5'1" tall. Have fought with my weight my entire life. When able to loose any weight have yo-yoed higher and higher in weight. I also have bad kness and ankles. Thank you

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Age is inconsequential. General health will dictate whether you are at a high risk relative to the surgery but you don't mention your general health other than difficulty with bone structures. That height and weight give you a body mass index of 37.8. You should contact your health insurance company to determine if you qualify for the surgery. In many cases you must have co-morbidities (high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc.) to qualify for insurance coverage of the surgery and hospital care.

Good luck with your pursuit of a more healthy life style.  I am seven years post-op (RNY) and am maintaining a weight loss of over 180 pounds (383 down to 200).

Sincerely,
Steve

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I can answer any and all questions from the perspective of a weight loss surgery patient. I have had Gastric Bypass Surgery - Roux-en-Y - and can answer questions from the perspective of one who has experienced the pain and suffering of murderous obesity. I have mustered the courage to open myself to the opportunity to live life again! Let me help you get there, too! Weight loss surgery isn't for everyone, but for those who fit some specific criteria, it is a viable option. With the rise in obesity in America, there are suddenly weight loss surgery centers springing up on every street corner, it seems. Choosing to have weight loss surgery is a major decision in your life, and choosing the right center can mean the difference between weight loss success and failure. There are three main types of weight loss surgery being performed today at most all surgical weight loss clinics: the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, which creates a small stomach pouch and bypasses part of the small intestine; the Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, which is similar to the first surgery, but is done laparoscopically, so it reduces the size of the incision, and reduces the pain and recovery time of the surgery, and the LAP-BAND surgery, which is a band fastened around the stomach to create a small pouch. Weight Loss surgery is not for everyone who is obese. In most cases, candidates must be at least 100 pounds overweight. Surgery should be the last resort, rather than a quick-fix. Surgery is a long-term answer to managing your weight, and you need to be aware it will change your life.

Experience

I am a post operative patient of Weight Loss Surgery (Gastric Bypass, RNY). I am interested in providing coaching for pre-operative and post-operative patients.

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Member of obesityhelp.com.

Publications
Profiled in Obesity Help Magazine.

Education/Credentials
Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. I am an engineer working for Computer Sciences Corporation in the Washington, D.C. area.

Awards and Honors
I am a retired veteran with over twenty years of U.S. Naval Service.

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