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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

    Howdy! I'm halfway finished with my dietician stuff and the further I get into the process (which has gone great so far - knock on wood), I still get this nagging feeling that something is going to happen to derail forward progress and result in a delay in getting approved (irrational, yes I know). My insurance company is great, their requirements are little to nothing, I have no weight loss requirements, only dietician visit stuff. I'm not worried about the administrative side, per se. Mainly I'm talking about health-related stuff that could crop up unexpectedly and cause a delay in this post-op process. Has anyone out there had something come up unexpectedly that messed up your post-op progress?
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    Visiting from the RNY Side

    Howdy! I'm visiting from the pre-op RNY side of the forum. The more I read about the DS surgery, the more appealing it sounds vs. RNY. It was never offered as an option at my surgeon's office when I had my first consult, but it's mentioned on their website so I know one of the 2 surgeons there must perform it. I like the idea of preserving the Pylorus valve and removing the majority of the stomach area that creates Ghrelin (hunger hormone) PLUS bypassing part of the intestines. I'll be reading heavily in this forum from now on to learn more, but if anyone has some words of advice, encouragement or warning that you feel should be known, please send it my way! Thanks!
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    6 month diet program - Anthem

    I also have Anthem BCBS (California non-resident policy). Things may be different depending on your conditions and your surgeon's preferences, but my surgery coordinator said they only submit my initial weight from the first surgeon visit to insurance. So if I gain or lose it's truly not going to make a difference unless I lose too much and my BMI tanks or I gain out of control, which isn't happening. I don't think you have to worry about 5lb fluctuations from your period. That's to be expected for women. Now...if you walk in 20lbs heavier than the previous month, that's a cause for concern
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    Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!

    My insurance won’t pay for the mini-bypass. They consider it experimental or something...otherwise I definitely would’ve been looking into it.
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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

    Bummer I guess every office is different depending on where you are and stuff.
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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

    No worries. Things are slightly different depending on if you're using the BP phone app, phone browser or on a computer. I think in the app, you can't quote a person in a thread to reply to...which is weird. I never use it anymore because of that. Good to know they can clear that up. Do you have any idea what the cause is?
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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

    Awesome! Did they give you something to get rid of the H. Pylori?
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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

    Nice to know I'm not alone! I'm the same way with lists and planning. Must be some sort of control freak issue LOL So far I've managed to get a lot accomplished to settle my mind like my dietician visits. Normally they don't schedule them out ahead of time, but my girl went ahead and allowed it so now I know exactly when my stuff should be submitted to insurance. I intentionally set the last appt to May 1st in hopes of getting all the insurance crap done by mid-may and in the OR by end of May That helped plan my time off from work which also relieved stress for my boss. So...win win! Fingers crossed for your 2/11 approval
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    Weird Stuff That Delayed Your Surgery Approval

    Well that's definitely some extra annoying legwork! I'm glad your process was pretty painless. You seem to be doing great!
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    Food

    Amen!
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    5 months and I hit goal!

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    Blue Cross blue shield

    I also have Anthem and would love to know this Edit: I just talked to my surgeon coordinator and since my last 3 dietician visits are already scheduled, last one in May 6th, she said they'd submit the stuff ASAP and "generally" expect an approval in about 10 days max. From there, they can schedule the surgery for 2 weeks from the approval date. So I think this contingent on your surgeon's office availability, not necessarily Anthem.
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    Β BIG NEWS! Several insurers are REMOVING supervised diet requirements

    My Anthem BCBS (California - Prudent Buyer plan) doesn't require supervised diets, but we still have to do 6 months with a dietician. I'm not required to lose anything.
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    How long have you been obese?

    To answer your question, I don't think I became "obese" until about 2007. I was married and we ate SOOOO bad. That's when I ballooned up quite near, if not 300lbs. I've always been a muscular, strong person. People used to equate me to one of those Clydesdale horses As a kid I was slightly overweight, maybe just about 10lbs over. As a teenager I was active in marching band, had leg muscles solid as telephone poles and clocked in at about 170lbs my senior year. When I was 20, I got pregnant and skyrocketed WELL over 220lbs and never really lost it. Then once I got married, I ballooned up to 300lbs...got on Adderall in 2009 and lost 100lbs, got pregnant AGAIN in 2009-2010 and shot back up to 270 something. That's kinda where I stagnated until keto in 2017 and finally dropped to 240 something. Now I float between 245-250.
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    How long have you been obese?

    YESS!!! I feel the same way. Sitting in my work chair here...I feel tiny, but when I look in the mirror I don't see what's in my head. I know I'm lumpy with fat rolls, but I don't necessarily "feel big". I can't even look at my work badge picture because to me, it doesn't look like me. So I get you
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    Sneezing and Other Weird Signs Your Pouch is Full

    So I read elsewhere that a lot of people are reporting that they start sneezing when their pouch is full or their eyes/nose start running. That's so weird! Anyone here experience that sort of thing too? I know there's hiccuping and burping, but sneezing seems like such a strangely attached reaction to a full pouch
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    Effects of Nutrient Deficiency on Skin

    I was doing my morning obsessive reading and came upon this interesting PubMed article that gives a nice, comprehensive list outlining the effects of macronutrient/micronutrient deficiencies on your skin. Linky to the article..."Skin changes after bariatric surgery" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4371663/ A screenshot of the chart for quick reference is below. Direct linky to the chart image https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4371663/table/t01/?report=objectonly
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    Visiting from the RNY Side

    Interesting! That reduces my "yikes" level a little bit Your stats are very similar to mine. How long did it take you to get to your target weight? It clearly looks like you're doing well keeping it off! That's great!
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    Visiting from the RNY Side

    Totally makes sense
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    Headaches

    Sure thing! I hope you find some relief
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    Headaches

    Electrolytes are critical to get in. Hang-over headaches are caused by low electrolytes and dehydration...this is truly no different. I haven't had surgery yet, but I eat keto (no sugar, very low carb) and have to stave off muscle cramps and headaches with electrolyte supplements. Powerade Zero and Propel are just not enough especially when your intake is limited. I recommend Hi-Lyte liquid and once you can take pills, they also make Hi-Lyte capsules. You can mix the liquid in anything you drink and you'll get in WAY more salts at one time than any off-the-shelf sports drink. Here's a link to the product, good luck! https://amzn.to/2CTOorR In the meantime, if you can stomach it, drink pickle juice
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    Visiting from the RNY Side

    That's awesome! I'm sure you'll do great with the new surgery. I hear from the sleeved side of the fence that reflux is pretty terrible (or can be). Have you experienced any of that?
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    Visiting from the RNY Side

    Yes! I was reading just that about an hour ago. It seems like with traditional DS, there's a very big problem with chronic, chaotic diarrhea which doesn't sound like my idea of a fun time. If I worked from home or something, then I could probably manage, but I work in a very small quiet office with centrally located bathrooms and thin walls. I just couldn't torture my peeps (or my butt) all day like that LOL My surgeon coordinator is out on vacation so there's really no one for me to talk to over there until she gets back...just waiting. Honestly the diarrhea thing is almost a deal breaker. Thanks for being so helpful!
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    Interesting read

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