In this episode of theSITREP, we discuss Bariatric Surgery and how it can assist Veterans with reaching their weight loss goals. We also cover Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, requirements to qualify, expectations, life after surgery and much more.
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00:00:51 Why to consider bariatric surgery?
00:02:18 How does VA’s bariatric surgery compare with civilian programs?
00:03:04 What are the qualifications for bariatric surgery?
00:03:30 Why choose bariatric surgery?
00:05:52 Does bariatric surgery increase life expectancy?
00:08:15 Process for getting bariatric surgery
00:09:33 Sleeve Gastrectomy vs. Gastric Bypass
00:12:15 Mental and emotional support for bariatric surgery
00:13:35 How to talk to your family about bariatric surgery
00:15:23 How does bariatric surgery work?
00:19:52 What happens during bariatric surgery?
00:23:33 Recovery from bariatric surgery
00:24:48 Weight loss expectations from bariatric surgery
00:27:33 Receiving care using tele-health and tele-medicine
00:29:52 Weight gain after bariatric surgery
00:33:08 Does your body “reset” after bariatric surgery?
00:36:49 Where do I go to learn more about bariatric surgery at VA?
00:38:38 Do I need to lose weight before bariatric surgery?
00:39:20 Do I need to quit smoking before bariatric surgery?
00:40:06 Do I need to quit drinking/alcohol use before bariatric surgery?
00:41:02 Do I need to stop drinking caffeine before bariatric surgery?
00:44:21 Bariatric surgery seems to reduce the risk of cancer
00:45:21 Is there an advantage to using VA for bariatric surgery?
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ADDITIONAL VA INFORMATION
The Department of Veterans Affairs has three, separate administrations aimed to serve our country’s Veterans with an assortment of benefits that address the unique needs of every Veteran. To be sure you are interacting with the proper administration within VA, here are short descriptions for each VA administration:
VHA: VA’s Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care network in the United States, with 1,255 health care facilities serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
VBA: Veterans can earn a range of benefits that help them transition back to civilian life in the country they fought to defend. Through the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA helps service members transition out of military service, and assists with education, home loans, life insurance and much more.
NCA: The job of the National Cemetery Administration is to make sure those who served this nation are never forgotten. NCA provides dignified burial services for Veterans and eligible family members by maintaining 142 cemeteries as national shrines and providing lasting tributes that commemorate their service and sacrifice to our nation.
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