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Read the latest news about bariatric surgery, including updates on insurance coverage and new types of surgery. 

Weight-loss surgery for the severely obese can be covered by insurance

Weight-loss surgery for the severely obese can be covered by insurance

The cost of bariatric surgery can be high, especially for those living on a typical family budget. Choosing to have the procedure can weigh heavily on the minds of prospective patients if they are worried about whether their surgeries can be covered by their health insurance plans.

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Allergan applies for wider LAP-BAND approval

Allergan, the makers of the LAP-BAND AP System, have applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the device available to more Americans. The FDA has announced that its panel of outside advisers will meet on December 3 to discuss whether the qualifications for gastric banding should be modified.

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Bariatric surgery not a last resort; new guidelines needed

For over 20 years, bariatric surgery has been considered a “last resort” weight-loss treatment by physicians and surgeons of patients who have tried to lose weight using conventional methods of diet and exercise. Now, doctors and surgeons across the country are urging the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to change the bariatric surgery guidelines so that more patients can benefit from weight loss and the reversal of comorbidities related to obesity.

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FDA Targets Gastric Band Weight-Loss Claims

Previously, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been required to warn surgical centers and marketing firms against developing and posting misleading advertisements about the LAP-BAND. In some cases, LAP-BAND ads have glamorized the surgery without communicating any of the health risks involved with the surgery to the public.

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Insurers Divided Over Experimental Stomach Surgery To Treat Obesity

Although some insurance companies have announced plans to cover sleeve gastrectomy, other insurers maintain that it is still an experimental procedure that has not been proven to be safe or effective.

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