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My BMI is 29, I have been looking into many different medical providers but I can’t find one that would perform surgery if BMI is not higher than 30. Can anyone recommend a good surgeon inside the U.S that is able to help me? It doesn’t matter the state.

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I assume you are not looking for a revision from a prior weight loss procedure?

I wouldn't have thought there would be too many if any surgeons that would operate on someone with a BMI of 29, if they did they would require a number of comorbities I imagine.

I know for most weight loss surgeries as an initial procedure that a BMI of 40 is required or BMI 35 with a specified numbers of comorbities.

Some of the non surgery options like the balloon or endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty may go lower to about BMI 30 if there are comorbities. Not sure of the lapband though this procedure seems not be to as popular in the USA.

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At 29bmi you're not in any way high risk so the thought is you wouldn't have a lot to lose and would benefit from trying it the traditional way or at least try medication before any invasive surgery......

This surgery was created as a last resort for the obese or morbidly obese...

Maybe if you were self pay it may be a different story....

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Try Dr Bass at Gulf Coast Bariatrics in Naples Florida - He is flexible and understands some people want it for health reasons.

If you Pm me will give you my name to mention - Me and my brother had it done by him - Very good and very understandable.

If you do use him let me know will tell you where to stay and such

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8 hours ago, DagF said:

My BMI is 29, I have been looking into many different medical providers but I can’t find one that would perform surgery if BMI is not higher than 30. Can anyone recommend a good surgeon inside the U.S that is able to help me? It doesn’t matter the state.

thanks

If it a revision, mr dr will do if it's cash pay. I had the band placed in 2009 (232lbs) lost and maintained at 143 for 7+ years, band slipped an had to be removed in 2017. Went 2.5+ years looking for a dr to do a revision. Was headed to mx when i found my dr here in Mississippi. Before no one would do it because i "didn't weigh enough". So i understand. But after the years of going without i gained 30lbs... not on purpose. He did the sleeve for me at a 30-31 Bmi. I"m 5'2" and i weighted 173.5 at my first visit. Today, 3 months 2 weeks PO i'm sitting at 139.8

My cash pay (because insurance won't cover ) 14K. No co morbids

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58 minutes ago, Raebae said:

The question is do you have any comorbidities

It doesn't matter if she had them at a 29 BMI. No insurance will cover at that BMI.

90% or great insurance requires...... 35 BMI with two or more comorbids.... 40 BMI with no comorbids..... I have never heard of any insurance coving WLS at a 29 BMI...... Cash pay you can.

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3 minutes ago, BayougirlMrsS said:

It doesn't matter if she had them at a 29 BMI. No insurance will cover at that BMI.

90% or great insurance requires...... 35 BMI with two or more comorbids.... 40 BMI with no comorbids..... I have never heard of any insurance coving WLS at a 29 BMI...... Cash pay you can.

Yea I figured that much her bmi to low

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Its a cash Pay i agree -

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Come to the South.. Flash the cash and get the surgery period, If you want insurance to pick up the tab, get a sleep study done. They will say you have sleep apnea just to sell you a CPAP machine, then submit a letter to your insurance provider. My clinic is in cahoots with the sleep center down the street. "So all potential patients have sleep apnea" wink wink**

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Hi DagF - Dr. Chae in the Denver/ColoradoSprings area is wonderful and very compassionate. He will do the sleeve procedure for a patient w/ a BMI of 29 -but, of course, it would have to be self-pay. The self-pay cost seems very competitive for the excellent care you receive.

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