Do you qualify for weight loss surgery? Let’s review the requirements:
The minimum insurance requirements are: 18 years of age or older, a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater and at least one comorbidity. A "comorbidity" is a health problem related to obesity that is expected to get better with weight loss. This would include things such as diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, and joint problems to name a few. Some individuals may be considered for surgery if their BMI exceeds 40, even without comorbidity.
What is Obesity? Obesity means a person has too much body fat. And that their weight is higher than what is thought to be healthy for his or her height. Obesity is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person could be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat.
What is Morbid Obesity? Morbid Obesity is when a person has a BMI over 40.
Common medical problems associated with morbid obesity include:
Norman Regional’s Weight Loss Surgery Program accepts patients age 18 years and older. To see a list of insurances that are accepted by the Health System, please click here.