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Adjustable Band Bariatric Surgery: Is This Covered By Insurance? - Dr. Johnell

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Dr. Johnell discusses whether LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band bariatric surgeries are covered by medical insurance. Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon.

Dr. Johnell:
As early as the initial seminar that we offer patients, one of the most important questions the patients ask is whether the procedure, the LAP-BAND®ing procedure is covered by insurance.

Back in the early 2000s that was a very relevant question because many of the insurance companies still consider the operation experimental because it was not approved by Medicare at that time.

However, in 2005 everything changed. Medicare approved the procedure for their patients; therefore it was not considered an experimental operation anymore.

And so at this time most major insurance carriers cover the LAP-BAND® procedure and the REALIZE® Band procedure.

At North Colorado Medical Center Bariatric Surgical Services we accept all forms of private insurance including Medicare and Medicaid.

About Dr. Michael W. Johnell, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Johnell is an advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgeon, specializing in the Adjustable Gastric Band procedure. Bariatric surgery constitutes 98 percent of his practice. He has 22 years of general surgery experience, 17 years of advanced laparoscopic surgery experience, and 7 years of laparoscopic bariatric surgery experience.

Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese

Related Terms: Adjustable Gastric Band, Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, REALIZE® Band, LAP-BAND®, Sleep Apnea, Bariatric Revision Surgery, Nutrition, BMI, Body Mass Index

Location: Greenley, CO, Colorado, Cloverly, Alden, Johnstown, Hardman, Windsor, Auburn, La Salle, Gill Elm, 80631

Expert: Dr. Michael W. Johnell, Dr. Johnell, Michael Johnell, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon Michael W. Johnell, Doctor Johnell

Expertise: Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure, Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Weight Reduction Surgery, Bariatric Revision Surgery

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