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Anyone pay out-of-pocket for the lapband and later get insurance to pay for revision? I paid for lapband out of pocket now, gained weight back. I'm considering sleeve but can't afford to pay out of pocket again. I paid out of pocket for the lap band because I didn't want to jump through all the hoops for insurance.

Anyone else with a similar situation?

( I posted this under insurance too)

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I paid out of pocket for my lapband back in 05...

I'm now looking to pay out of pocket for revision because my school district has a total exclusion on WLS

So, I'm going to finance it again....still very angry with my district

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Have you thought about going to Mexico to have it done? I am scheduled with Dr. Kelly in February and with my revision it is going to cost $6250-ish and I am able to use my FSA funds too. My insurance (UHC) denied me due to not having anything wrong with me other than being obese but approved my band removal so I get that done in January 2012. I could have gained 50# and probably gotten them to pay for it all with a BMI >40 but I didnt want to go through all the crap they make you go through to get approved either.

Just a thought.... I know some people are totally against going to MX but I wanted to put it out there because the docs here in Houston wanted to charge me $25k for a revision/RNY that would have cost in upwards of $10k in MX had I gone that route.

I have done tons of research and hours and hours of reading on this website and now feel completely comfortable and excited for February to get here!

Thanks and good luck on your journey! :)

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