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Started by KoobiesMum, Mar 10, 2007 11:03 PM
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    KoobiesMum

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Posted March 10, 2007 - 11:03 PM

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I just found out that there are a couple of doctors in Calgary that do the lap band. I'd like to talk with anyone who has the procedure done with them. Thanks!


    Gaffer

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Posted March 12, 2007 - 9:11 AM

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I am from Calgary, but had my band done by Dr. Coburn in Toronto. From what I have seen there are no Calgary Bandsters here who were banded in Calgary by Dr.Mitchell/Dr.Descouteux here.

All the bands that are being done in Calgary being paid for by Alberta Health Care, and we dont have the option of paying the Calgary Docs to do ours. The Calgary Clinic is limited to doing 25 bands per year, and this is the first year that they are being done. My Dr. was the one that trained the Calgary Docs, and he told me that they did 12/25 bands for 2006 when he was here to train them.

If you want to have your band done in Calgary you must meet certain criteria for BMI & co-morbitities, be refered by you family Dr., be accepted by the clinic, go through a 6 month supervised weight managment program and be prepared to wait 1.5 years to get a consult and another 2.5 before surgery.

Getting a band in Alberta is really tough right now. I personally was not willing to wait that long, so had to do a self pay in Toronto. There is no option for self pay in Alberta at this time.

Hope this helps,

Andrew


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Posted March 12, 2007 - 5:29 PM

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Andrew said it best. Sorry if that's a disappointment. :eek:

Your options are to pay in BC, Ontario, (Montreal, I think you can pay too). That's just Canada... I assume you want to stay AS close as possible to home. And there's always Mexico.
Unless you want to wait and do it in Alberta.


    Gaffer

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Posted March 13, 2007 - 8:26 AM

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If you want to stay close to home there are some Dr.s in Washignton and i think Idaho that are doing it, but I dont know who they are. Denver also has a Dr.Kirchebaum that many people here have used and he is pretty cheap ~$9500USD.

Funny thing, I got home last night in the mail, and I recieved my letter from the weight management clinic at the UofC which is the first step to becoming banded in Alberta. I was told to make an appointment for thier supervised weight management program.

I think I will skip it.

Andrew


    CanMacDaddy

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Posted March 13, 2007 - 4:01 PM

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I agree with Gaffer.

I actually was referred by my doctor to Edmonton Surgeons almost 1.5 yrs ago and still haven't had a consultation. The waiting list then was almost 2 years then another >1 yr for surgeries. Sooooo coupled with Calgary docs on the AB Healthcare Public system there are not many procedures being done annually (hope i spelled that right....painful otherwise).

Maybe King Ralph's two-tier healthcare proposal wasn't that bad after all.


I decided to invest he $$ to get more helathy now as am 39 yrs old.

Good Luck
Mac Daddy


    KoobiesMum

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Posted March 13, 2007 - 5:24 PM

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Hi Andrew and thanks for the information. How much did it cost you to do it in Ontario? What were the steps that you had to take to go about it?
When you said that there were certain criteria that people had to meet to be accepted in the program in Calgary. What are they? What must the BMI be at and do there have to be co-morbidities? And are you saying that IF all goes fine in the program...it would be approximately 5 years before surgery?????


    KoobiesMum

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Posted March 13, 2007 - 5:28 PM

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Hi Mac Daddy. I have a very close friend that saw Dr. Davies and surprisingly she got everything done within a year and a half. Can people get in faster if they are really really heavy? Just curious.


    KoobiesMum

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Posted March 13, 2007 - 5:31 PM

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Mac Daddy, did you have surgery already? Or still waiting? What clinic is it?


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