Surgery Now or Later? (Poll)


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  1. 1. If you got your insurance approval mid-November, would you go ahead and schedule surgery for first week of December, or wait to start the pre-op diet on January 2nd? Inquiring minds and all!

    • Have surgery the first week of December and be done with it this year.
    • Enjoy the Holidays and New Years, have one last big blow-out, then start the pre-op diet January 2nd with surgery on January 14th-ish.

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If you got your insurance approval mid-November, would you go ahead and schedule surgery for first week of December, or wait to start the pre-op diet on January 2nd? Inquiring minds and all! Party or no party?

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I have no patience for waiting so I would schedule ASAP. Why wait? You will be more tempted to eat poorly next Holiday season because you will be completely healed.

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I say ASAP, was thinking more along the line of my out of pocket expense for insurance will probably have been maxed out by mid-November, so I’d get it all done before it starts over again in Jan. lol

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I'd bum-rush to have the surgery in December before the new year starts.

Medical insurance deductibles usually reset in January, so I'd rather have surgery before the reset to limit or eliminate my out-of-pocket portion.

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I held mine off a month because of the daughter's wedding - not the food - I was doing the floral arrangements. And I am in charge of some stuff at 2 sewing guilds - so planned it to be after those. It's going to work out for me. But I will not be taking in much by Thanksgiving and it doesn't matter to me. I will still do the cooking - I am not a snitcher when I cook and I will make my niece test the spice levels in the stuff I can't have - but I have been cooking the holiday meals like this for 40 years and think I have it down by now.

Best reason to proceed in December would be insurance deductible and out of pocket for current year, and if costs are large enough - taking tax deductions too.

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More than food/party--although I said it that way to try to keep the level of anxiety down and make this a kind of zany/silly thread...I think the real issue for me is fear. I'm approaching the end of the pre-op stage and on Monday will have a definitive direction about which surgery she wants to do on me. All of my surgeries for cancer/reconstruction were done from November 1 to January 3rd. All of them had so much recovery with them--pain, exhaustion, fear, drains, etc. So I felt like I pretty much ruined my family's Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year on at least 3 occasions. I know I can still cook/participate with them without eating or drinking--I do that most of the time anyway since I'm always on a diet. :blush: They're used to it by now and want very badly for me to be healthy and feeling good. The fear comes in that this is now very real. And what happens if I fall into that 1% with complications? Will it fork the fam over the Holidays?

I think I'm leaning toward, hearing what the surgeon advises on Monday--and how quickly she thinks this is gonna go down and get scheduled. If it can happen in the first week of December, then I would go for it now rather than wait. If I can't get approved/scheduled until mid-December, then I would defer a month in order to just relax with everyone and enjoy the Holidays, then hit hard. But you know, with new years come new insurance rules and who the hell knows what happens in January. *sigh* Just big decisions...

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I wanted to have mine down before the holidays as it's just me and hubby this year but am currently waiting for my insurance approval. Surgery coordinator said the surgeons are booked up and with the holidays, it looks like the earliest I might be scheduled is after January 19. You may want to call the surgery coordinator and just ask a few questions. Might make the decision for you!

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if it were me, i would wait til January.

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If you got your insurance approval mid-November, would you go ahead and schedule surgery for first week of December, or wait to start the pre-op diet on January 2nd? Inquiring minds and all! Party or no party?


I would start now. If you work, depending on the work, most of us have jobs that are less intense or we are off during the holidays and then need to hit the ground running in January.

In addition if you are mentally and emotionally ready why wait?


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