Considering gastric bypass surgery
Despite behavior modification, diet and exercise, the excess weight has failed to come off. After considering all your options and your candidacy for weight loss surgery, you have not given up, and now you want to pursue the ultimate path to significant weight loss through gastric bypass surgery, or another form of weight loss surgery. This section should serve as an aide to guide you through the steps required to address the requirements to achieve this goal.
Considering this option should not be taken lightly, and the decision to proceed should only be done after many hours of thought, soul searching and research. Remember, knowledge is power. So the more you know about the process and the steps along the way, the better prepared you will be for the path, and its obstacles.
By this point you should have had some sort of medical counsel, hopefully a physician or dedicated health care provider who can give you sage advice. The medical clearance obstacle should be overcome by a primary care provider who is familiar with you and your medical history. With this as your foundation, you will need to find a bariatric surgeon or dedicated general surgeon who will perform your gastric bypass surgery or other form of weight loss surgery. These first two steps will usually be easier than the third step -- figuring out how to pay for the weight loss surgery.
In short, the three things that you need to undergo gastric bypass or other form of weight loss surgery are: medical candidacy (determined by your doctors and health care professionals), a qualified surgeon willing to perform the gastric bypass surgery or other form of weight loss surgery, and the finances to pay for it. How to determine all three is what this section is about.