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My first consult was in August 2018 and I had gastric bypass surgery in December 2018, but… I had started the process 2 years prior but dropped out of the program due to family medical issues. I came prepared for my second round and had letters regarding my weight and BMI from my PCP for each of the last five years along with a letter recommending the surgery. Also had a year's worth of WW payments printed out. My program admin was amazing and gave me all the possible things I would need to get approved before I even had an EKG. She was amazing.

I had insurance through BCBS at the time and pushed to get my surgery before the end of 2018 as my insurance changed to United and wls would no longer be covered. Seriously I can't figure it out… why wouldn't an insurance company just pay for the surgery rather than paying for all the prescriptions and medical conditions needing treatment because of obesity? Surely it's cheaper for them in the long run to just pay for wls, right?

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First comment ever!! I met my surgeon on Jan 18th and did my Dietician appt and Psych Evaluation this week. They will submit for insurance approval either tomorrow or Monday. I was told surgery would happen no later than the end of March. I already have my endoscopy and stress test scheduled.
I have BCBSTX and my insurance only requires one appt with the Dietician and a Psych Evaluation.

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15 minutes ago, Emma2.0 said:

First comment ever!! I met my surgeon on Jan 18th and did my Dietician appt and Psych Evaluation this week. They will submit for insurance approval either tomorrow or Monday. I was told surgery would happen no later than the end of March. I already have my endoscopy and stress test scheduled.
I have BCBSTX and my insurance only requires one appt with the Dietician and a Psych Evaluation.

That’s awesome, Emma! You must be excited!

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On 01/24/2019 at 20:53, Trix1017 said:





That’s awesome, Emma! You must be excited!


Thank you! I can’t wait to start this new journey. 😃

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And we will be looking for an update from you when it does occur. Get everything in working order, you're entering the final preliminaries, the last month- 6 weeks go pretty fast. Start making a list, how will you be setting up things for your immediate post-surgery, do you have family members you need to make sure they are taken care off? How about any pets? Do you want your hair trimmed up? All these piddly things need care of, do you have a tote packed for the hospital, I must have packed and unpacked 6 times. I would hear on Bariatric Pal what others found useful. so I would add that, someone said I didn't use X item, and I would pull it out. And some things I still didn't use at all. Who do you want to call, who do you want to tell, and if you had some of my kinfolk, who would you not tell anything to even if they held a gun to your head? And please believe , the surgery is far easier than you thought it would be. If you have a good surgeon, that's half the battle right there!

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16 hours ago, Trix1017 said:

My first consult was in August 2018 and I had gastric bypass surgery in December 2018, but… I had started the process 2 years prior but dropped out of the program due to family medical issues. I came prepared for my second round and had letters regarding my weight and BMI from my PCP for each of the last five years along with a letter recommending the surgery. Also had a year's worth of WW payments printed out. My program admin was amazing and gave me all the possible things I would need to get approved before I even had an EKG. She was amazing.

I had insurance through BCBS at the time and pushed to get my surgery before the end of 2018 as my insurance changed to United and wls would no longer be covered. Seriously I can't figure it out… why wouldn't an insurance company just pay for the surgery rather than paying for all the prescriptions and medical conditions needing treatment because of obesity? Surely it's cheaper for them in the long run to just pay for wls, right?

That is odd! Insurance companies are so full of it.

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11 hours ago, Emma2.0 said:

First comment ever!! I met my surgeon on Jan 18th and did my Dietician appt and Psych Evaluation this week. They will submit for insurance approval either tomorrow or Monday. I was told surgery would happen no later than the end of March. I already have my endoscopy and stress test scheduled.
I have BCBSTX and my insurance only requires one appt with the Dietician and a Psych Evaluation.

Good luck to you! Another fast track to success.

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90 days, I have excellus BCBS

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On 01/25/2019 at 08:09, WeGettingThere said:





Good luck to you! Another fast track to success.


Thank you so much! I had my EGD today. I can’t believe how quickly things are falling into place.

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I am from Canada and it took about 9 months for all the classes and appointments to finally get my surgery date.

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That's pretty quick , most provinces seem to take about 2 years, did you Private Pay? At any rate, congratulations and I hope everything goes well for you÷

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It would have taken me 6 months but instead it was a 10 month process for me because I didn’t pass my psychological evaluation. I had to to go added therapy. Truth be told I was not ready and they definitely picked up on that. At the time I was MAJORLY disappointed but now I’m very great full for that extra time it took for me to get to know myself and why I overeat. For anyone else out there struggling with depression or understanding their unhealthy eating habits please try to listen to The Weight Lose Surgery Podcast by Reager Cortelle It helped me immensely. It helped me much more then therapy ever did.

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I saw my surgeon in September 2018. Was required to do 4 months of weigh ins and some consultations to clear me for surgery. My surgery date is February 11th. So all together about 5 months. I have Aetna.

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