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I have my first visit with the Weigh Loss Center scheduled for next month. They've verified that my insurance (Health Alliance) covers the procedure and also informed me that I will need 4 visits with a dietitian/nutritionist and at least one with a LSW (mental health). From what I can tell, my insurance company doesn't have the medically supervised weight loss requirement. So, without that, is there any way to know what my timeline for having surgery scheduled should be? Should I still expect to wait 6 months, or do you think it could be sooner?

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I'm guessing the four visits with the dietitian are probably your supervised diet requirement - it's just that yours is four months rather than six. It could potentially be a six month weight, though - you're not going for your initial visit until next month, and then after you've finished the requirements, your surgeon's office will submit the paperwork to the insurance company, who typically has 30 days to respond (although many are quicker than that), and then you'll deal with scheduler to schedule your surgery - and sometimes surgeons are booked out a ways. So hope for four or five - but it could easily be longer.

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From first visit to actual surgery my time was 4 mos and it seemed like forever! Lol

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Any delay in my process has ben because of me. I attended the required class in April but changed jobs and needed to accrue leave so I didn’t meet the surgeon until mid September. All my evaluation tests etc were finished right before Christmas. I took a week to decide which surgery I wanted and only waited about 4.5 weeks to hear from insurance. I made a good faith payment and surgery was scheduled for mid March. If you go by when I first met the surgeon, six months. It probably could have gone a bit faster if I wanted it to.

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