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Hi. I am in North Carolina and I have finally made the decision to pursue weightless surgery. My insurance does not cover it, so I will be doing self-pay and paying for it out of my retirement savings. I'm not sure where to start. I googled places that do "weightloss surgery" but I don't know how to get started. How DO you get started? How do you pick a hospital? a surgeon? Since insurance doesn't cover it I don't think being referred is going to be a factor. Looking forward to you all helping me get started and starting the journey.

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What surgery are you looking into? Bypass? Sleeve?

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I've been looking at this option for a family member that will be self pay. Sounds like fun.

https://blossombariatrics.com/

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7 hours ago, 2Bsmaller18 said:

What surgery are you looking into? Bypass? Sleeve?

Bypass

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I live in Raleigh and Rex/UNC hospital is who I was set to go with. I had to halt my plans due to an unexpected pregnancy.

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My research was last year. Cary Surgical Center $15K for surgery fees, MD fees and overnight stay (doesn't include preop test, x-rays, 3-4 nutrition appointments etc). Dr. Enochs has a great rep there and had insurance not covered it that is where I would go before even considering price. These prices were also based on no significant co morbidities. Duke was about 22k, and Rex was 27k I think. Cary Surgical just merged with Wake Med and was a lot less before they did last fall. I'm surprised it is still that low. They might be doing it at a surgery center verses a hospital which makes the price sky rocket.

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