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I went to the seminar and have my first appointment scheduled to develop a plan of care and such. My insurance does not require any weight loss prior to surgery. I'm already hovering at about a 38 BMI and will qualify due to multiple comorbidities. The surgeon I'm seeing has a "weight loss challenge" of 10 % excess weight. I'm certainly not averse to that as I think it would be great to start modifying my habits prior to surgery to make it a lifestyle change. However, I lose too much and I don't qualify anymore. It's not that I don't know how to lose weight... I've been on a weight loss roller coaster with the same 80-100 lbs for almost 2 decades. This seems to be specific to the surgeon, and I was just wondering if it would make sense for me to go elsewhere or if anyone else with a lower BMI has had to deal with this?

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Most I've read on here say if you've already been accepted into the program it should not matter. Your surgeon's challenge may have been to weed out those who aren't commuted. If you still have doubts I'd ask him or his staff but i suspect your co morbidities would still keep you qualified. Good luck with your weight loss journey.

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These surgeries are usually approved based on your starting weight at the consult meeting. That's why they weigh you then.

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Hi. I just had my consult with the surgeon. He gave me a surgery date of April 9th & like you told me I would have to lose 10% before surgery. I’m also at a low BMI of 37 & losing 10% would bring me to 33-34BMI. That will not affect the insurance as my insurance already approved of the surgery at 38BMI but my surgeon won’t give me surgery unless I lose the 10%. Once your approved, you’ll be okay.


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My insurance requires BMI 40 or greater (I have no co morbities) The surgeon told me not to lose more than 23 lbs or I won't qualify.

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My surgeon's office told me that they go by your starting weight at your initial consult for insurance approval. Hearing that definitely put me at ease. There is no weight loss requirement for my insurance or surgeon. However, my insurance does require a 6 month medically supervised weight loss.

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