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It seems like the process is long before you even get a surgery date. How long did people have to wait?

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I was told the shortest possible time would be about three months (I did my six-month supervised diet before I was formally admitted to the bariatric program, though. Although that was a requirement of my insurance company, not the bariatric clinic). I had my surgery about six months after starting in the bariatric program.

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Depends on the requirements of your insurance and doctor. My insurance company required 90 days physician supervised weight management. When my first doctor went to get prior authorization I found out my insurance required me to have surgery through a "center of excellence." So I had to switch to a new surgeon. Luckily all the tests I did with first doctor were accepted by second. Call your insurance company and find out the requirements.

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Depends on insurance. I had insurance approval and a surgery date 2 weeks after my first appointment with my surgeon. I already had gotten my psych eval done.

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I sent in my application via the computer at the end of October, had my clinic first appointment in late November, and am having surgery the end of March. No mandated timeline for insurance requirements, but I had things spaced out to wait for my new primary insurance to kick in in January to go with my existing coverage and only scheduled appointments and surgery around my work schedule at an elementary school. March 26th was actually the exact date I wanted all along!

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Less then two weeks wrote a check and got it on!

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3 weeks. Paid out of my own pocket.

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My insurance didn't cover it.

It took me about a year to get the funds up to pay out of pocket. once I handed in the check, its waiting a few weeks to get the last bit of my Time Off built up and then its good to go!

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Mine is going to be about 3-4 months. My insurance does not require any preop diet but my doctors office requires 3 months. I am glad they required it because there is NO way I would be ready for this if it was not for all of the appointments.

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i was self pay. I decided on Sept 25th 2018 and my surgery date was Nov 8th.

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My insurance required 3 months of supervised weight management. Nutrition appointments, labs, meeting with the support group. My first appointment was October 31st, 2019 - my surgery date is February 25th. But there is no exact time frame. Its completely up to the insurance company and your surgeon's office.

Good luck 👍

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Mine was 6 months of appointments and all the other tests I had to do, so I started in May 2019 and finally got my date in Jan for a March 3rd date. I was a smoker and had to be 3 months without cigarettes in order to schedule my surgery .

The one I can tell you the time went by very fast so, read read read and ask questions and before you know it your surgery will be scheduled, wish you the best of luck!!

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I started my journey in April of 2019. I had to do 6 months of supervised weight loss and then had to get a million different clearances from hematology, cardiology, pulmonology, etc. I finally have my date set for March 20th.

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I had my first appointment about getting the surgery in December 2019. It was just starting a medical journal for me. I was offered surgery during my second meeting in January 2019. During my first appointment with my dietitian (yesterday), I was given a date for surgery, which is April 27th.

I live in Denmark, meet the state's requirements of having it done for free, so I am only on my surgeon's program, I assume. The jumping through hoops part for me was simply getting blood work done, an EKG taken, a stool sample given and some weight loss. I also still have to do my 1-on-1 patient seminar thing in March, but I've got the date regardless for surgery.

I think I got my date so soon because I was pretty confident in my meeting about what I needed to do before and after surgery since I had researched a lot, had my current diet habits ready to be shared, and talked about what my support systems through out this are and would be.

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My doctor's office submitted to insurance company and I was approved a week later. Scheduled surgery for about a month and a half later. I could have done it sooner but I chose to wait until the MLK holiday so I could save a PTO day.

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