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I am planning to have sleeve surgery in January with Dr. Ariel Ortiz at OCC. My insurance won’t cover bariatrics or weight loss and I am planning to switch in Jan. But I am also trying to lose weight as soon as possible to be considered a kidney donor for my sister, so I’m doing Weight Watchers (again!) until January when my schedule is open for surgery in MX.
1) My PCP is un-supportive. Is there anyone from the Tucson, AZ area with a wonderful doc that embraces bariatrics?
2) What were your pre-surgery preparations that you recommend? books, etc.

Finally, this is a dumb question, but is there any way to sort this forum so that I see newest posts first?

Thanks!

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Yes!!!! NP Deborah Hanks for PCP. Oro valley. Very supportive and encouraging. Excellent documentation that was not even blinked at by insurance. Patrick Chiasson for surgeon.(Office in Northwest Medical Center complex.) He did an excellent job for me. Lots of follow up from the office. Doc recommended "The Obesity Code" by Jason Fung and "Younger Next Year for Women" by Crowley and Lodge. Both excellent.

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Yes!!!! NP Deborah Hanks for PCP. Oro valley. Very supportive and encouraging. Excellent documentation that was not even blinked at by insurance. Patrick Chiasson for surgeon.(Office in Northwest Medical Center complex.) He did an excellent job for me. Lots of follow up from the office. Doc recommended "The Obesity Code" by Jason Fung and "Younger Next Year for Women" by Crowley and Lodge. Both excellent.

That is so helpful! I live on the northeast side, but would be willing to drive to the right person. I appreciate it!

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