how can i get my doctor to approve weight loss surgery

If you are considering weight loss surgery and are seeking approval from your doctor, there are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of getting the procedure approved:

  1. Understand the criteria for surgery: Most insurance companies have specific criteria that must be met in order for weight loss surgery to be approved. These criteria may include a certain body mass index (BMI) or the presence of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. It is important to understand these criteria and how you measure up.
  2. Talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals: Discuss your weight loss goals with your doctor and explain why you believe surgery is the best option for you. Be sure to provide any relevant medical information, such as previous weight loss attempts or obesity-related health conditions.
  3. Consider seeking a referral to a bariatric specialist: If your doctor is not familiar with weight loss surgery or does not feel comfortable making a referral, consider seeking a referral to a bariatric specialist. These doctors are specially trained in weight loss surgery and may be more familiar with the criteria for approval.
  4. Work with your doctor to come up with a plan: If your doctor is hesitant to approve surgery, consider working with them to come up with a weight loss plan that includes other methods such as diet and exercise. This can help demonstrate your commitment to losing weight and may make your doctor more comfortable approving surgery in the future.
  5. Get a second opinion: If you are still unable to get approval for surgery, consider seeking a second opinion from another doctor. This can help you get a different perspective and may increase your chances of getting approval.

It is important to keep in mind that weight loss surgery is a major procedure and not everyone is a candidate. It is ultimately up to your doctor to determine whether surgery is the right option for you.

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