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  1. Barbara278

    My DATE- January 20th

    swanss, Congratulations on our surgery date. Mine will be January 19th. It does seem far out to me also, but in reality, it will be here before we know it. Best Wishes, Can't wait to hear how it went for you.
  2. Thanks for your replies. I've been researching this surgery for a while and have read so many posts. I had pretty much made up my mind that Dr. Aceves ranked way up on my list. In fact I have been in contact with his office several times and have been totally impressed with their professionalism. Looks like he will be the one and that I'll have surgery sometime the latter part of January. I'm so excited and scared at the same time, which I know is a normal response. Thanks so much for your information and for posting on this board so that us newbies can get an idea of what to expect.
  3. I'm new to this site but have been a member of several other WL boards. I have an apt on January 6th with my surgeon. We just got a new insurance policy at my employers that went into effect today. Prior to picking this new insurance company, I requested that my agent make sure they cover WLS. She informed me months ago that they did so we went ahead and selected them. I even started seeing my Family doctor to establish the six months consults prior to applying for the surgery. Dec 23rd will be sixth visit. My insurance agent informed me that she called the new insurance company today to find out what kinds of WLS they cover since she knew I wanted the sleeve and the customer agent told her they don't cover WLS unless a specific rider is written into the policy. She informed him that riders are not done in state of Colorado. I'm so confused now. I don't know if I should call the insurance company to inquire or just let the doctors office do it when I go in January. I don't want to sabotage my chances in any way. I think I'm just stressing because I want this so bad and I'm afraid I'll get turned down or they will refuse to cover it. Any suggestions? :001_tongue:
  4. Thanks Tiffykins! I'm actually getting excited about it now that I know where I stand and what my options are.
  5. I'm going to be a self pay. I'm looking into Mexico.
  6. Barbara278

    My husband called me "skinny"

    deedee, you look fantastic! Congrats on your success and keep it up.
  7. Well, I found out that it is written in the policy that it is not covered. Looks like my insurance agent made a huge mistake. I'm so upset I barely slept last night. I did leave a message for my agent to call me and explained to her that the policy she sold us is not what she said it was and asked her how we can get it fixed. I'm not sure anything can be done at this point. Can anyone tell me if they were able to get approval from UHC when WLS is excluded from the policy? Seems like everything that could go wrong with this transaction has, but I'm still trying very had to keep a good attitude. :tongue_smilie:
  8. Thank you all for your kind words and advice. I am going to contact them and ask what is covered. I do think it would be torture just waiting it out until January as I'm already stressing about it now. I really feel the sleeve is the best choice. I've spent many months researching and trying to decide what is best for me. If they exclude the sleeve but cover other options, I'm not sure what I'll do. I do know that I do not want the band. I orginally started out with intentions of doing the band, but have definitely decided I will not go that route. Again, thanks for all your suggestions and I'll let you know what happens. *keeping my fingers crossed*
  9. Barbara278


    Well, look at the bright side ladies. You can tuck them in your pants when running so they don't flap around. lol'ing
  10. Barbara278

    Banded on the 29th

    Welcome to the site. Look forward to hearing about your journey.:wink2:
  11. Barbara278

    Colorado Anyone

    Hi coloradomom. Welcome to the board. I've been lurking here for sometime. Lots of great information on here. :tongue2:
  12. Barbara278

    Colorado Anyone

    Thank you so much! Is it open to anyone? I'd definitely like to attend. I haven't been banded yet, but would like to get hooked up with a support group prior.
  13. Barbara278

    Colorado Anyone

    Does anyone know of any support groups around Colorado Springs?
  14. Barbara278

    I'am Ready To Make The First Step

    Best of luck to you. Cant' wait to hear how that goes.
  15. I met with my family doctor yesterday. I was so scared to even talk to her about it. I'm not sure why, I think I expected her to reject the whole idea, or to not be familiar with it (which is pretty niave on my part). What a surprise. She was so supportive and said she'd been through this six month counciling thing with many other patients. Whew, what a releif. So I've started that process. I also scheduled to attend a seminar in Denver next month. I think I could learn a lot there. Things are progressing slowly but in the right direction. My insurance presently doesn't cover lap band or weight loss surgery, but the good thing is that my plan expires in the beginning of November and we are going to renew with one that does cover it. If all else fails, I'll self pay. Things seem to be going well, just not fast enough. lol
  16. Hello everyone. I've been thinking about the lap band for several years now. I've finally decided I've got to do something before it's to late. I have an apt with my family doctor to discuss the lap band tomorrow. I'm not sure how she feels about it or if she will support me in the process, but I thought that she would be the first place to start. How do you decide which doctor to use? We have several bariatric facilities here, but I don't have a clue which doctor or facility to use. Any suggestions on finding a doctor in my area? As it stands right now, my insurance does not cover it but we are working on that. Either way I will have the lap band done if everything goes as planned. I just want to say that I am so impressed with this site and the participants. I know us newbies probably ask the same questions over and over yet it seems everyone understands because they were "there" at one time also. Thanks:smile2:
  17. Thanks for all your responses. Great information and help. I feel like a deer in the headlights right now. lol I know it's a process, it just seems like everything is so jumbled up right now, which I'm sure is a normal response. I'll keep you all posted.

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