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How Weight Loss Surgery Helps Type 2 Diabetes

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Cons: You're more likely to have complications with this type of surgery. You will need more days in the hospital to recover. Plus, you’ll have more trouble digesting food and absorbing calories than with any of the other surgeries, so it’s the most likely type to lead to health problems.

As with any major operation, all weight loss surgeries (also called “metabolic and bariatric surgeries”) have potential risks. These include bleeding, infection, and leaks in the digestive system.

Will Insurance Cover It?

Many insurance companies do cover weight loss surgery, since studies show that weight loss surgery could help treat type 2 diabetes.

Your insurance company may ask you to go on a weight loss program first. This will show that you tried to lose the weight before choosing surgery.

If you don’t have coverage, the surgery can cost between $11,500 and $26,000. You can deduct it from your federal income taxes.

After Surgery

The best way to keep the weight off is to stick to your diet and exercise plan.

You’ll have to eat smaller meals. Choose a half-cup to a cup of vegetables and protein-rich foods per serving. Try lean cuts of meat, fish, beans, low-fat cheese, and yogurt.

It's a good idea to work with a nutritionist as you shift your eating habits, especially if your body doesn't absorb nutrients as well as it did before your surgery. Make sure you get enough of all the vitamins and minerals you need.

After you lose a lot of weight, you may want to consider plastic surgery to take up loose skin. That’s a separate procedure that you and your doctors can consider.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on November 19, 2014
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