Approved despite low BMI

Updated on August 1, 2019 in Pre-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
10 on July 15, 2019

Saw a doctor this week who is doing a study on individuals with a BMI lower than 35 (mine is 31) who have additional health issues (diabetes being mine.) Unfortunately it means that I have to pay for the surgery out-of-pocket, just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience. I haven’t found any information on anyone with a low BMI doing VSG I have found it hard to get my questions answered outside of my doctor. How much weight could I lose (current weight 169), can I loose too much weight and most of all can I really reverse my diabetes after 16 yrs? Any info would be very appreciated.

 
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1 on July 16, 2019

Do you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes? The surgeon who operated on me had the procedure done as part of a clinical trial on how weight-loss surgery can benefit patients with diabetes even when they aren’t morbidly obese. He was having an incredibly difficult time until he had the surgery.  We didn’t go into depth about it unfortunately.  The only reason I asked about it is because he has family photos everywhere and he wasn’t exactly obese in any of them.  He’d already told me that he had the surgery so I asked him why since he didn’t seem to need it.  The clinical trial worked for him and he’d been a diabetic for ages.  I wish I had more to share.  Good luck with whatever path you take!

on July 17, 2019

I have type 2 diabetes, i am hoping for the same result! While I would be happy to lose 30 to 40 lbs the idea of reversing my diabetes is too tempting to not do it. I appreciate your feed back, many thanks.

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1 on July 16, 2019

Are you on medications for diabetes? Are you responding well to the drugs? Some specific complications seem so risky for overweight and obese patients that weight loss should happen as soon as possible (but still in a safe way).

on July 17, 2019

I have been on insulin for years, my weight continues to go up with the medications i take and my sugars are not well controlled at all. Hoping this is the answer to my prayers! 

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1 on July 16, 2019

I thought you had to have a high BMI before you could have the surgery so this is news to me.  If your medications are keeping you stable then I’d stick with those.  Why risk getting an infection or having something go wrong?  It will change the way you live and eat.

on July 17, 2019

Since this is a study they are testing low BMI individuals to see if the surgery can reverse my diabetes, my dr has over an 85% success rate. Med are not working, i have been on insulin for years and my sugars are not well controlled at all. I wish I wouldn’t have to take such a drastic measure to be able to control my sugars but with those odds it is a chance I’m willing to take.

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0 on July 21, 2019

I’m glad this thread was created as I’ve learned a lot about weight-loss surgery options for diabetes.  I found this article and it does look promising.  Hopefully your health gets sorted soon, Dahlia.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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0 on July 23, 2019

I had no idea this was a possibility.  It sounds like it can make a real difference for some diabetics.  Good luck, Dahlia!  I hope you’ll come back and let us know how it goes.  I’m praying for you!

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0 on July 24, 2019

I see. That’s probably why you are eligible for the surgery. I hope that everything goes well for you so you can throw away the insulin for good! Have you decided on a date? Have you started your pre-op diet?

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0 on August 1, 2019

Hi,

I have a BMI of 36.8 as if today.
I am scheduled for surgery on 8/23
I am 6’5″ 310lb
BCBS only required 35 if you have 1 or more co morbid
I have htn, so after completing requirements it was approved.

I also am hopeful that my btn will resolve.
Currently, it is largely controlled with Rx.

Mike

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