Hello All! Well, I am finally taking the big plunge. after over 10 years of researching and waiting, I am scheduled for surgery 12/12/18. I have gone back and forth on this topic for YEARS. This was primarily due to the anticipated changes that were to be taking place to medical insurance coverage. It was thought that with the inception of ACA. most insurance companies would adopt coverage for weight loss surgery. Some insurances did adopt coverage, however, mines did not. Because I had no coverage, I decided to research alternative options to have the surgery as a self-pay patient. I found that Medical Tourism would be a way to get my surgery, at a price I could actually afford to self-pay.
I have been heavy most of my life., but I didn't keep that from keeping me active. In my teens, twenties and early 30's I was very active. I walk just about every day, swam frequently, and worked out occasionally which kept my weight steady. I also, ate pretty healthy. Even let my sedentary job didn't stop me from being active. However, when I hit my mid to late 30s and my son left home the weight started creeping on and I began to develop weight-related ailments like sleep apnea, higher blood pressure, and issues with bones and joints, just to name a few. Not to mention what stubborn weight gain does to a person emotionally. The weight gain was slow but steady. And it is very true what they say, once you hit your 40's it is a lot harder to get and keep weight off. I have yo-yo dieted in the past, but after 40 that yo-yo stays more up than down.
When I initially began to research weight loss surgery (over 10 years ago), it was just because I wanted to lose the pounds, but now that I am 45 yrs old, having WLS is more about being healthy and being at a healthy weight so that I can keep up with my grandchildren.
I have even suggested weight loss surgery to several friends and family members, 10 to be exact (who had never thought about surgery before), and all have had their procedures (covered by their medical insurance), and have gone on to achieve great results. Now it is my turn.
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Starting Weight: 242.1 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 219.8 lbs
Current Weight: 154.1 lbs
Goal Weight: 164.9 lbs
Weight Lost: 88 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit:
Surgery Date: 12/12/2018
Hospital Stay: 3 Days
Surgery Funding: Self Paid
Insurance Outcome: Denied after Appeal
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