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  1. Weight Loss Surgery Forums

    Talk about anything related to weight loss surgery, such as choosing a surgery and surgeon, preparing for surgery, pre-surgery and post-surgery diets, food & nutrition, weight loss, exercise, cosmetic and reconstructive Surgery, and mental challenges.

    393,801 topics / 4,659,824 replies
  2. PRE-Operation Weight Loss Surgery Q&A

    Congratulations! You made a life-changing decision and are now benefiting from your new, positive lifestyle. Please share your Weight Loss Surgery success story with our community. You deserve to celebrate, and your story may make the difference in someone else's life.

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  3. POST-Operation Weight Loss Surgery Q&A

    This is the place to talk about post-op questions. Discuss recovery, the post-op Weight Loss Surgery diet progression, nutrition, complications, medical tests, and other Weight Loss Surgery issues.

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  4. General Weight Loss Surgery Discussions

    Talk about anything related to weight loss surgery, such as choosing a surgery and surgeon, preparing for surgery, pre-surgery and post-surgery diets, weight loss, exercise and mental challenges. Exchange recipes, find weight loss surgery buddies, get exercise advice, ask about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and share your weight loss surgery story!

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  5. Gastric Sleeve Surgery Forums

    In a gastric sleeve surgery or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), the surgeon removes most of your stomach and forms the rest into a tube-shaped sleeve from your throat to your small intestine. These forums are for sleevers, potential sleevers and revisional sleevers! Talk about the VSG diet, nutritional supplements, weight loss and sleeve complications.

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  6. Gastric Bypass Surgery Forums

    The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is restrictive and malabsorptive. You get a smaller stomach pouch, which attaches lower down your small intestine. In these forums, talk about dumping syndrome, nutrient deficiencies, weight loss, the bypass diet and complications. Forums are for pre-WLS patients and those already have the RYGB.

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  7. LAP-BAND Surgery Forums

    The adjustable gastric band (LAP-BAND) is a less invasive type of weight loss surgery that works through restricting your stomach size. Discuss LAP-BAND related topics such as fills, LAP-BAND diets, nutritional supplements, complications and band over bypass. Share your experiences and be supportive!

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  8. Food and Nutrition

    This forum is for questions about food and nutrition before and after all types of surgeries. Check out the sub-forums to see if there is a more specific place for your post, to help people find information more easily.

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  9. Tell Your Weight Loss Surgery Story

    This is the place to share your Weight Loss Surgery journey with other members. Please start your own thread to tell us more about yourself. Do you have weight loss surgery? Who was/is your surgeon? How much weight have you lost, what changes have you noticed, and what challenges have you overcome?

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  10. Weight Loss Surgery Success Stories

    Congratulations! You made a life-changing decision and are now benefiting from your new, positive lifestyle. Please share your Weight Loss Surgery success story with our community. You deserve to celebrate, and your story may make the difference in someone else's life.

    138,737
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  11. Fitness & Exercise

    This forum is devoted to discussions, questions, and answers dealing with fitness and exercise, routines, habits, etc.

    78,267
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  12. Weight Loss Surgeons & Hospitals

    This forum is the place to share your personal experiences and discuss surgery costs, length, and quality of hospital stays, surgeon recommendations, and anything else related to weight loss surgeons and hospitals. You can search our Weight Loss Surgeon Directory to find a local Bariatric Surgeon here.

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  13. Insurance & Financing

    This forum is for discussions related to weight loss surgery insurance coverage and financing options. Gain from learning from others’ experiences!

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  14. Mexico & Self-Pay Weight Loss Surgery

    A forum for discussing travel to Mexico to have Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or another type of Weight Loss Surgery, as well as for discussing self-pay for weight loss surgery

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  15. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Congratulations on achieving or approaching your goal weight! Are you thinking about skin removal, cosmetic, or reconstructive surgery? This is the forum dedicated to discussing tummy tucks, brachioplasty (arm lift), mastopexy (breast lift), and inner thigh lifts, and other cosmetic procedures after losing a lot of weight with weight loss surgery.

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  16. WLS Veteran's Forum

    Been around BariatricPal for a while? Then chat with other old-timers who also know the drill! Sometimes it just feels more comfortable to kick back and shoot the breeze with familiar faces. So, come on into the Vets Forum for some serious WLS talk or just to hang out. We're old pals here!

    NOTE:  You must be 18 months post-op to participate in the WLS Veterans's Forum.

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  17. Rants & Raves

    Want debate? Get it here. Gripe, complain, moan, fight, rant and rave. Enter at your own risk!

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  18. The Lounge

    This forum is for general conversation, sharing interests, having a laugh or discussing anything not specifically related to Weight Loss Surgery surgery.

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  19. The Gals' Room

    This is a place for ladies to discuss everything from Weight Loss Surgery complications, diet, and concerns, to any other off-topic subjects.

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  20. Pregnancy with Weight Loss Surgery

    This is the place for support for pregnant, trying-to-get-pregnant, and new parents after weight loss surgery. Share your tips and support here regarding breastfeeding, good nutrition, and taking care of yourself and your baby.

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  21. The Guys’ Room

    This is a place for men to discuss everything from Weight Loss Surgery complications, diet, and concerns, to any other off-topic subjects.

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  22. Singles Forum

    Looking for that special someone? Once you start on your weight loss surgery journey, everything from your lifestyle to your body to the way you think about yourself and the world changes. Here is a forum to meet other weight loss surgery singles who know what you’re going through and who are have the same health goals and lifestyle as you do. Have fun!

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  23. Website Assistance & Suggestions

    Technical questions? Comments about BariatricPal? We welcome feedback and suggestions on any aspect of BariatricPal.com. This is also the place to visit for updates about new features and updates.

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  25. Duodenal Switch Surgery Forum

    The Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS) surgery reduces the size of your stomach size, divides your small intestine and redirects food so nutrient absorption decreases. These forums are for Duodenal Switch Surgery patients and those considering the surgery to talk about weight loss, diets, challenges, triumphs and complications.

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  26. Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery Forum

    Like the full gastric bypass, the mini gastric bypass surgery is restrictive from a smaller stomach pouch and malabsorptive from bypassing the first part of the small intestine. The difference is in the way the stomach pouch attaches to the small intestine. Use these forums to discuss the procedure, diet, risks, and weight loss.

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  27. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Forum

    Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a newer type of weight-loss procedure. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty reduces the size of your stomach using an endoscopic suturing device without the need for surgery.

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  28. Gastric Plication Surgery Forum

    In sleeve plication (or gastric plication) most of your stomach pouch is folded away, leaving a sleeve from the throat to intestine. These forums are for talking about the sleeve plication procedure and recovery, diet, complications and weight loss.

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  29. Gastric Balloon Forum

    The gastric balloon is an alternative to weight loss surgery for lower-BMI patients. It is an inflatable silicone balloon that helps fill the stomach so patients can eat less food and lose weight. This tool recently received FDA approval as a non-surgical tool to treat extreme obesity. Some examples of gastric balloons currently offered are Orbera, Easy Life, Duo by Reshape, Medsil, Allurion, Spatz, Endoball and Obalon.

    A growing numbers of weight loss surgeons are now performing Endolumenal Bariatric Procedures without incisions. As an alternative to incision-based surgery, surgeons are using natural orifices (such as the throat) to insert the tools and equipment they need to help you win the battle against obesity. Some examples are the Stomaphy X, Endobarrier, TOGA and Rose procedures.

    This is the forum where you can talk about the balloon and other Endolumenal Bariatric Procedures, their pros and cons, your special diet, and your experiences with the intragastric balloon or other Endolumenal Bariatric Procedures!

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    • cell

      hello all i have a question i have cigna and i called them personally to ask if they cover the weight loss surgery and they told me off the bat that they do not cover weight loss surgery. my question is should i have my dr submit something in writing? 
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      1. Sophie7713

        Yes, continue to fight this with Cigna! Ask what process they require for a possible review of your case? Ask your surgeon and his team to help you clarify and challenge.

        Since weight loss surgery has gained more popularity and momentum - Cigna from our experience is playing games with their patients who wish to get healthier. It is egregious that Cigna would rather pay for someone's weight related heart attack, hernia, diabetes, sleep apnea and/or other costly conditions then being pro-active! As for ourselves, we tired of jumping thru they're hoops putting off my surgery until April or May 2019 with continued ridiculous, redundant requests. Yet, we know of a colleague where Cigna was cooperative and approved without a hitch.

        Because I needed weight relief off my injured left knee when exercise and dieting were no longer effective... We made the decision to self pay and get on the road to self restoration sooner than later. I wanted to start my new year with a hope and future. For us, the Cigna mill was becoming just to stressful. And, we hold a premium policy with a reputable international corporation. They refuse to pay for vitamin regime now, too.

        Your Cigna story may be better. Not to discourage you - you may or may not have a fight. It is your health and worth fighting for. Do let me know what transpires, will you? Many best wishes for a very positive outcome.

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        I don't know anything specifically about Cigna, but maybe they were thinking about the cosmetic kind. Maybe you should have said "bariatric surgery" or asked specifically about their benefits for medically necessary bariatric surgery? I got lucky and my insurance had very good coverage and benefits for WLS and I was approved on the first request. Out of $50,000 billed for the surgery I only had to pay $600.00.

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