Pre surgery weight loss


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Do you guys think I will get denied if I started the process at 36 BMI and now after 2 months I'm down 20lbs and still have 4 months before surgery. Should I keep losing or just maintain? I have comorbities

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The general practice is to go from your weight when you started the pre-op games, but that can vary by company. There should be a policy bulletin online for your insurance that spells it out, or you can all them and hope to get a right answer.

Starting at such a low BMI, I would be disinclined to lose much weight at all as the surgery is plenty powerful to get the job done without any pre op weight loss. What I did (starting closer to 50 BMI) with that 6 month insurance requirement was to work on my long term diet and lifestyle (since that's the hard part - anyone can lose some in the short term!) and take whatever weightloss happened as a bonus. It wound up being about 50 pounds and for a variety of reasons (my wife being number 1 on the runway being the primary) I didn't go through with the surgery at that time, some 13 years ago. But I did maintain that loss up until I did undergo the WLS, and have maintained that loss for about six years now, so the exercise was successful from that perspective.

So, check with your insurance as to how they calculate things, and maybe readjust your focus over the remaining time until surgery. Good Luck...

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The general practice is to go from your weight when you started the pre-op games, but that can vary by company. There should be a policy bulletin online for your insurance that spells it out, or you can all them and hope to get a right answer.
Starting at such a low BMI, I would be disinclined to lose much weight at all as the surgery is plenty powerful to get the job done without any pre op weight loss. What I did (starting closer to 50 BMI) with that 6 month insurance requirement was to work on my long term diet and lifestyle (since that's the hard part - anyone can lose some in the short term!) and take whatever weightloss happened as a bonus. It wound up being about 50 pounds and for a variety of reasons (my wife being number 1 on the runway being the primary) I didn't go through with the surgery at that time, some 13 years ago. But I did maintain that loss up until I did undergo the WLS, and have maintained that loss for about six years now, so the exercise was successful from that perspective.
So, check with your insurance as to how they calculate things, and maybe readjust your focus over the remaining time until surgery. Good Luck...

Thanks I'm going to look on line or call

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I would be very careful losing that amount of weight. My doctor said 1lb/month. What is your current BMI?

33% I can lose weight. I do every spring/summer then September hits and I gain it all back. My weight loss and gain has been the same the last 20 yrs! It has taken a toll on my body and health. That's why I was hoping to get the surgery in September to help not to gain.. which will be my 6 months needed for insurance. I get to a certain weight about 29% BMI and I cannot lose anymore.

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33% I can lose weight. I do every spring/summer then September hits and I gain it all back. My weight loss and gain has been the same the last 20 yrs! It has taken a toll on my body and health. That's why I was hoping to get the surgery in September to help not to gain.. which will be my 6 months needed for insurance. I get to a certain weight about 29% BMI and I cannot lose anymore.





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What insurance do you need 6 months?


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10 minutes ago, crystalrae said:

Highmark blue cross/shield. Are you from Seattle?

Spokane

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