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Yes, you can have your weight-loss surgery now

Can you go to the gym yet? Can you visit Nan in her nursing home? Is it safe to go to hospital for your bariatric surgery now?

In the middle of lockdown, we were encouraged to see ourselves as ‘safe at home’ rather than ‘stuck at home’. For many of us, that sunk in – and you may feel an unexpected sense of uncertainty or discomfort about society gradually opening up again.

Many patients are asking us if it is now safe to come in for a planned consultation or whether it’s OK to proceed with their bariatric surgery.

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Options for covering the cost of weight loss surgery

What is your life worth? If you ask any person this question, most will tell you that their life is priceless. And it’s guaranteed that their loved ones will agree. How can you put a price on the life of your mum, dad, brother or sister? What about a close friend? How much is their friendship worth to you in dollars?

Like us, you probably agree that it’s a little grotesque to try and put a dollar value on a person’s life. What if we told you that it happens more often than you think? In fact, it happens almost daily, and the price is not all that high either – roughly between $5,000 and $10,000.

How do we know? Because that is the estimate of what it costs to have life-saving weight loss surgery. And it is also the reason why many people will not go ahead. Also, there is little information available on how eligible patients can seek funding to not only help manage the costs associated with life saving surgery, but to also make it more accessible to more people. So, what are the options?

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Highlighting safety in modern weight loss surgery

What many people who haven’t investigated weight loss surgery do not know is that weight loss surgery is not a new fad or medical procedure. In fact, historical reports note that the first bariatric surgery was carried out in 10th Century Spain. D.Sancho, King of Leon, was reportedly so obese that he was unable to walk, ride a horse or even pick up a sword.. The effects of his obesity actually ultimately led to him losing his throne.

Escorted to Cordoba by his grandmother, D. Sancho was treated by the famous Jewish doctor Hasdai Ibn Shaprut. His solution to the problem was to suture the king’s lips together, so he could only be fed a liquid diet through a straw. This resulted in him losing half his weight, returning to Leon on his horse and regaining his throne.

Thankfully, weight loss surgery methods have since improved greatly, and modern weight loss surgery procedures are nothing like they once were.

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At Life Weight Loss we believe in providing a complete care journey for our patients to lose weight (and keep it off). While our expertise in gastric sleeve and bariatric surgery is often why many patients join us, it is our holistic approach to weight loss that ensures lasting weight loss success.

The decision to lose weight is an easy one, the benefits are clear, and the desire is there. However, it is often the long-journey to a healthier weight that deters so many. Many wish there was an easier way. A fast method of losing weight quickly that didn’t cost a huge investment of time and sacrifice of lifestyle. The truth is that there is no immediate way to lose weight without starving yourself (this is not advised under any circumstance). However, there are some things that you can start doing today that will give you a head start toward your weight loss goal.

Here are our tips for faster weight loss:

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Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Do you know how to tell if weight loss surgery is the right weight loss strategy for you?

There are many options available for individuals seeking effective ways to manage their weight, each offering a unique path to a healthier future. Of the options available, weight loss surgery, also commonly known as bariatric surgery, is most effective in terms of delivering proven, long-term results.

The most common types of weight loss surgery are Lap Band (Gastric Band), Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve, each of which is designed to make your stomach smaller and affect how you digest food. The end result of these weight loss surgery options is that the patient can feel full after eating a much smaller than usual amount of food.

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