Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare is El Paso’s leading provider of Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery generally results in greater weight loss than conventional methods, improving both quality of life and obesity related diseases. If you are 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight, Bariatric surgery may provide the weight loss results you desire.
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare offers bariatric weight loss seminars in El Paso, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces. Go to our classes & events page to find a convenient location and date.
Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Procedures offered are:
- Open Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Additional Health Topics
Severely overweight people are often made to feel guilty about their perceived lack of self-control. Nothing could be further from the truth. Research shows that the causes of obesity are often a combination of genetic factors, health, environment, state-of-mind, and learned behavior. Today, medical professionals recognize obesity as a chronic disorder.
Obesity results from the excessive accumulation of fat that exceeds the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of 20 percent or more above your ideal body weight is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk. Today, nearly two thirds of the American adult population is overweight or obese.
Diseases associated with obesity
Obese individuals develop a resistance to insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. Over time, the resulting high blood sugar can cause serious damage to the body.
Excess body weight strains the ability of the heart to function properly. The resulting hypertension (high blood pressure) can result in strokes, and can cause significant heart and kidney damage.
The additional weight placed on joints, particularly knees and hips, results in rapid wear and tear, along with pain caused by inflammation. Similarly, bones and muscles of the back are constantly strained, resulting in disk problems, pain and decreased mobility.
Fat deposits in the tongue and neck can cause intermittent obstruction of the air passage. Because the obstruction is increased when sleeping on your back, you may find yourself waking frequently to reposition yourself. The resulting loss of sleep often results in daytime drowsiness and headaches.
Acid belongs in the stomach and seldom causes any problem when it stays there. When acid escapes into the esophagus through a weak or overloaded valve at the top of the stomach, the result is gastroesophageal reflux, and “heartburn” and acid indigestion are common symptoms.
Seriously overweight persons face constant challenges to their emotions: repeated failure with dieting, disapproval from family and friends, sneers and remarks from strangers. They often experience discrimination at work, cannot fit comfortably in theatre seats, or ride in a bus or plane.
The inability or diminished ability to produce offspring.
A large, heavy abdomen and relaxation of the pelvic muscles, especially associated with the effects of childbirth, may cause the valve on the urinary bladder to be weakened, leading to leakage of urine with coughing, sneezing, or laughing.
Morbidly obese individuals often experience disruptions of the menstrual cycle.
Insurance & Financing
Many insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover weight loss surgery. However, insurance plan coverage varies, so it is important to examine the coverage provided by your plan.
At a seminar you will learn more about how to find out the answers to your coverage questions, but you can contact your insurance carrier to find out more information about your coverage by asking the following questions:
- Is bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, a covered procedure under my plan?
- What procedures, specifically, are covered?
- What are the coverage requirements for my plan?
- Body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with obesity relater health issues.
- Find out what your BMI is using our BMI Calculator.
- Participation in a physician supervised diet and exercise plan.
- What are my appeal rights if coverage is denied by my plan?
If you do not have coverage for weight loss surgery, there may be several financing options for you. We will help you navigate your way through the system of finding out what is available and reasonable for you.
You may consider our Cash-Pay Options:
- If you have a BMI of 30-35, insurances will not cover your procedure. However, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), you can still have a bariatric procedure to help prevent your pre co-morbid conditions from turning into conditions.
- If your insurance plan deductible or out-of-pocket is too much.
- If bariatric surgery is not a covered benefit in your insurance plan.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Cash-Pay Option - $10,500
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Cash-Pay Option - $15,999
Cash Pay includes initial assessment, psychological evaluation, surgery, surgeon, assistant surgeon, anesthesia and a one-night hospital stay for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy or a two-night hospital stay for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Patients choosing Cash Pay will need a psychological evaluation and medical clearances from physicians; must have a BMI greater than 30; and must pay in full prior to surgery. Cash option rates may exclude some diagnostic studies.
A deposit of $500 will be requested on your initial appointment to secure your cash price package. This will be credited to the total amount listed above. The remaining $10,000 will be collected prior to surgery.
For more information about the Cash Pay option, Insurance and/or Financing, please call the Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Center at (915) 594-5250.