Originally Answered: Weight Loss Surgery on Medicaid and Medicare?
That is a very difficult thing in our state since this is considered elective surgery.
From a personal perspective, the only people benefiting from this surgery are the physicians and hospitals who promote this option. Most people who undergo this procedure, regain weight after a couple years. This is not a good choice because there are superior alternatives.
A little over three years ago, I weighed 300 pounds and my appetite was insatiable. Today, after converting to a low-fat, whole plant based diet (per Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.), I weigh 200 pounds and I'm still losing weight. I supplement my vegetarian diet with B12, D3, and ground flax seed. I eat lots of fresh leafy green vegetables (collards, kale, and spinach), colorful vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and some fruits. I avoid dairy and animal based foods and any processed foods. I avoid salt, sugars, oils, fats, colorings, flavorings, artificial sweeteners, herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, heavy metals, and many other unhealthy additives and contaminants.
It's a complete and permanent lifestyle change. After you've been eating healthy for six months, you should read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book on fasting for health. When I participated in a medically supervised water fast, I lost one pound a day, kept it off, and lost my food cravings permanently.
Good luck on your program. Don't waste your time with the medical establishment. They don't have a clue about how to lose and maintain a healthy diet. Most experts are out to take your money and leave you confused.