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3 Common Elective Procedures You Should Consider

Have you ever considered a surgical solution to a chronic condition but changed your mind due to cost? Elective procedures treat non life-threatening conditions, which leads many people to believe that their insurance won’t cover them. However, these surgeries can significantly improve your quality of life, and contrary to popular belief, many insurance companies cover the majority of costs. In fact, if you’ve already met your deductible for the year, they might even pay in full. Check out some of the most common elective procedures in the U.S.

1. Acid Reflux Procedures

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition characterized by chronic acid reflux. Symptoms may include heartburn, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, persistent cough, upset stomach, the feeling of a lump in the back of your throat, and even tooth sensitivity. Doctors will initially prescribe medications and changes in diet and lifestyle to help mitigate symptoms.

However, if you experience adverse side effects from proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or continue to have acid reflux symptoms regularly, your doctor may recommend a long-term solution such as the LINX Reflux Management System, TIF procedure, Stretta procedure, and Nissen fundoplication. Speak with one of the skilled surgeons at our Heartburn & Acid Reflux Institutes to find out if any of these procedures are the right fit for you. 

2. Joint Replacement

Severe joint pain is one of the most common reasons for someone to seek out joint replacement surgery. If you have joint damage, doctors will often recommend a variety of treatments, from medications to physical therapy. If none of these have worked and your pain affects your quality of life, consider speaking to a Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group orthopedic surgeon about joint replacement surgery

You may be a candidate if:

  • Significant joint pain prevents you from completing daily activities.
  • Joint pain keeps you from falling asleep or sleeping through the night.
  • Medications, injections, and physical therapy have had little to no effect on pain levels. 
  • Your medications result in serious side effects.
  • You have a joint deformity, degenerative disease, or developmental condition. 

3. Bariatric Surgery 

Maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) is an important part of preventing chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Bariatric surgery can benefit patients who have had difficulty losing weight on their own by helping them eat smaller portions and feel full faster. If you have a BMI of 30 or higher, you may be a candidate for one of the many procedures. If you’d like to learn more about weight loss surgery, attend one of our free in-person or online weight loss seminars

If you’ve been considering an elective procedure to improve your quality of life, speak with your Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group primary care physician. With a clear understanding of your medical history and existing symptoms, they can advise you on treatments that can help you achieve better health.  

Sources: 
Very Well Health | Will Your Health Insurance Pay for an Elective Surgery?