If you're frustrated with diets and desperate to lose a lot of weight, you may be considering Gastric Bypass Surgery, the same procedure that has helped weatherman Al Roker drop about 100 pounds. When you finally get motivated enough to see a surgeon about that, you might be very disappointed to find out that surgery is not going to happen as soon as you think. In our segment HealthWise at Five, Dr. Eldo Frezza explained why.
"There is a requirement by the National Institute of Health or NIH that requires at least six months of supervised diet and most of the insurance will not pay the surgery if you don't meet the requirement," he said.
Dr. Frezza says if you wait too long to see a doctor about weight loss surgery, you run the risk of not being able to qualify for that procedure at all because while you wait six months, if you continue to gain, you may become too heavy a risk for your heart and surgery would not be an option because it would be too dangerous. Dr. Frezza has written a book on losing weight, sharing a lot of the advice he gives his patients while they wait for the surgery.