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Staying Healthy During The COVID Ordeal


There’s no denying that the coronavirus has changed life as we know it. Gone are the days of being able to step outside our homes to shop, dine out or even just walk around the block. Stay at home orders and social distancing has forced people across the country to stay home. Even schools are shut down in the middle of the academic year and students are learning online. While all of these measures are designed to protect us from the highly contagious coronavirus, it has wreaked havoc with our physical and mental health.

Adjusting to Life After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery can and will change your life, but it’s not a quick fix. It takes time to adjust to how you see yourself and how others see you after massive weight loss.
Life after weight loss surgery requires a drastic change in lifestyle, including altering how you eat, what you eat and when you eat because of the changes made to your stomach during your surgery.

5 Most Common Bariatric Surgery Myths & Misconceptions

Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Being obese can affect multiple organs in the body and can be a threat to your health and wellness. Bariatric surgery is a type of weight-loss surgery that is used to treat obesity, giving you a new lease on life. Unfortunately, there are a few myths and misconceptions about this obesity surgery that act as a deterrent to many people who could actually benefit from it.
Dr. Michael Choi, a highly experienced weight loss surgeon with over 5,000 successfully completed surgeries helps to bust some of the more common bariatric surgery myths and misconceptions.

Digestion and Weight Loss Surgery

To understand fully the changes that your weight loss surgery will mean for your digestive process, it’s important to understand how digestion works before surgical alteration.
In essence, digestion is the process by which our body breaks down food so that it can be used for nourishment and energy. Food must be smaller to be absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to waiting cells throughout the body.

Does Health Insurance Cover Weight Loss Surgery?

Most major insurance companies offer some form of coverage when it comes to weight loss procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and lap-bands. While many plans have begun covering these surgeries, it’s important to do your research on which carriers do and do not offer assistance.
Insurance providers make a distinction between bariatric procedures that are included in your coverage (required for your health) and those that are considered elective treatments (not necessary for your health).

Gastric Sleeve 101

A gastric sleeve procedure surgically reduces the stomach to about 15 percent of its previous size. Since the stomach is smaller, people who have had gastric sleeve feel fuller faster and therefore, see a reduction in overeating.
Post surgery, patients must follow a strict diet that enables the body to recover and adjust to a smaller stomach size. This includes eating smaller portions more frequently through the day.

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Are you significantly overweight and desperate to make a lifestyle change, but you don’t know where to start? Well, start here. Board certified surgeon, Dr. Michael P. Choi, will get you moving in the right direction!
People with a BMI between 35 and 39.9 with obesity related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and other obesity related conditions are very good candidates for weight loss surgery.