I qualified.. not only was my weight just over the lowest limit, but I had some of the other health reasons (high blook pressure and high cholesterol) so I would qualify!!
I had to jump thru some hoops the insurance company had, like to do a doctor supervised diet (means go to the doctor once a month) for 6 months, and I had to go to 6 months of "support group" meetings with the bariatric surgeons office.
On November 2, I had my "gastric sleeve" surgery. It has been wonderful!
I have already lost almost 30 pounds.
I wanted to lose weight for many reasons... but chief among them is because of my riding.
I could ride fine... but I had trouble mounting, I always had to use a cheating rock/bank/log. And I was starting to notice my balance was not as good. I also noticed I looked HORRIBLE in photos taken while on my horse.
I know that WLS is not for everyone and that a lot of insurance companys don't cover it... but you really should look into it. I am 53 years old and wish I had done this 20 years ago!!!!