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Hi everyone! I'm brand new to everything and have lots of questions.

My PCP recommended that I get VSG but my insurance doesn't cover anything. The cost here in Montana is $20100 plus anesthesiologist fees. I'm looking into other options before committing and I'm curious about a few things.

For those who got surgery in the US - did you travel to another state for the operation? How does preop and postop work if so? Would you have rathered do it locally? Cost if you don't mind?

For those who got surgery in Mexico - how does preop and postop work?

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Your PCP can order all the labs and tests and send those results to another physician in prep for surgery. All the bloodwork, stress test, upper endoscopy, sleep study, etc.

The reason codes for insurance can be to check for sleep apnea, heart disease, GERD, general bloodwork etc - not as presurgery clearance.

Research the surgeon you pick carefully. Good luck.

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10 hours ago, WlsSam said:

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to everything and have lots of questions.

My PCP recommended that I get VSG but my insurance doesn't cover anything. The cost here in Montana is $20100 plus anesthesiologist fees. I'm looking into other options before committing and I'm curious about a few things.

For those who got surgery in the US - did you travel to another state for the operation? How does preop and postop work if so? Would you have rathered do it locally? Cost if you don't mind?

For those who got surgery in Mexico - how does preop and postop work?

@WlsSam

If you would decide to have your VSG surgery with Dr. Jalil Illan and BariatricPal Hospital MX all your pre-op testing would be performed once you were admitted to our full-service private hospital. All our patients have complete blood work, chest x-ray and EKG. Along with meeting with Dr. Illan you will have a cardiologist evaluation performed by our in-house cardiologist. Our patients also work with Stacy Eckel our certified nutritionist with their pre-op and post diets. We also offer our patients life-time nutritional support.

I would love the opportunity to discuss our surgeon Dr. Jalil Illan and BariatricPal Hospital MX services with you.

You can read about Dr. Illan here

https://bariatricpalhospitalmx.com/weight-loss-surgeries/overview/

Watch what our patients have to say about Dr. Jalil Illan and BariatricPal Hospital MX

http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/368798-dr-illan-and-bariatricpals-team-mx-patient-testimonials/page-7#entry4359687

Tour BariatricPal Hospital MX

https://bariatricpalhospitalmx.com/

Please feel free calling me 619-900-7808 when you have a free minute.

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I had my surgery in Mexico... My insurance specifically doesn't cover bariatric surgery. My PCP was on board with me having the surgery and when I came home, I went to him for my follow up labs... I am happy with my results.

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I used bariatrix Florida. I paid $9000 last August. I drove down there the night before, had surgery, stayed 1 night in the hospital, 2 nights in a hotel, had a followup and drove home. Consult was done via phone. Preop education was done via fave book live. Preop testing and post op testing was done by my PCP (insurance covered it all luckily). I had to do a psych consult, but I did it online. There are numerous Dr's with good self pay packages. Check out Dr Wizman, Dr Taggar, Dr shillingford, all in FL. Dr Borland in Louisiana. Dr pleatman in MI and Dr Umbach in Vegas.

Some people also are able to go the 'hernia route'. If you have a hiatial hernia, insurance might cover that surgery, then your surgeon charges you a small fee to also do the sleeve.

Mexico is also a great option. I would have used dr illan or Dr Ariel Ortiz.

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