A new weight-loss procedure called primary obesity surgery endoluminol (POSE) developed by Dr. Tom Lavin is now available for women who want to lose 25 to 70 pounds.
BMI and POSE
Normally, people who who get bypass surgery are obese and have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher or have a BMI of 30 and have health related issues that affect their health because of their excess weight.
- Healthy Weight is a BMI between 19 and 25
- Overweight is a BMI between 25 and 30
- Obese is a BMI over 30
- Severely (Morbidly) Obese is a BMI is 40 or more
What is POSE
POSE is similar to classic bypass surgery, but there are no incisions. The procedure is done through the mouth using an endoscope. Patients can expect to reduce their stomach size by approximately 30 percent, and can expect to go home the same day after the operation.
Before you run to your doctor for the procedure, keep in mind that there are still risks. Pose is not approved by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. And while the endoscope has been approved by the the United States Food and Drug Administration , its use for weight-loss surgery has not been approved.
The cost for the surgery runs about $12,000, and it’s unlikely your insurance will cover the surgery.
What do you think about POSE?
What do think about getting surgery for weight loss up to 70 pounds? Is it worth the risk? Would you rather focus on making lifestyle changes in your diet to lose weight?
“New Weight-Loss Surgery to Lose 20-50 Pounds.” ABC News. June 13, 2012.