Anyone that has served in the Military has encountered having to meet Weight and Height requirement. In a time of War on Terror, there are still military personnel that are at times told ?Lose weight or face discharge.? This is a hard truth, and for some people it is a hardship, because other than their weight, they are in otherwise excellent condition, and often high producers in their military service.
For many people something has needed to be done for a long time, simply because the military can?t afford to lose otherwise qualified and trained Servicemembers. Well, the military has taken notice, and now supports a pro active, military medical option. There is a new option for members of the Active Duty Military that is covered by TriCare medical benefits in some situations. It is active duty medical treatment offered through TriCare and covered 100 percent by military insurance. The procedure is called Adjustable Laproscopic Gastric Banding. Other procedures that exist that are not given coverage by TriCare include gastroplasty, gastric stapling, and Roulin Y Gastric bypass. TriCare yet covers none of these, but TriCare now approves Lap Banding. TriCare Medical professionals stress that this is not a procedure that will be automatically granted, as other weight loss methods that are more traditional are preferred. It is offered to Military Servicemembers who need to reduce their weight for medical reasons. This new option is for those people who are currently in excess of 100 pounds over their optimum weight. People who are more than 100 pounds overweight are still classified as morbidly obese, and in the military it is seen especially as a severe health issue. Gastric Banding is when a composite or adjustable nylon band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and lower esophagus, and it limits and restricts the amount of food that can be eaten.
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For some personnel, this is an option that was not available previously, and can help certain individuals who meet certain criteria. Lap Band surgery is the only procedure that is approved across the board for some Servicemembers by TriCare. This procedure will aid some Servicemembers who wish to remain in the military, but who have tried literally everything else under the sun. It must be approved by a military doctor.