Many insurance companies will not consider a request for weight loss surgery unless a patient has previously participated in a medically supervised weight loss program. This type of weight loss program includes diet, exercise, counseling and in some cases medication for weight loss which is monitored by a doctor or midlevel practitioner. The purpose of this requirement is to show a patient’s efforts at weight loss and that the patient is willing to make the necessary dietary and behavioral changes for bariatric surgery. As expected, the more weight a patient can shed prior to surgery, the quicker and safer the surgery will be.
A good medically supervised weight loss program will monitor the following:
Recent studies show that medically supervised weight loss programs can lead to better weight loss than unsupervised programs. Strict diets are typically agreed upon with a dietitian or nutritionist. These diets are typically either low calorie or very low calorie depending on your practitioner’s recommendation.