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On 9/29/2020 at 5:33 PM, JKSharPei said:

MaybeMeow, how did your preop go? Your starting weight and height are what mine were. I've lost some weight since starting the WLS process (nowhere close to my IBW) because I've been compliant with diet and exercise. I'm worried that surgery will be denied if my BMI goes down too low. I'm stuck in a holding pattern waiting on the surgical coordinator to give me a surgery date then to submit pre-authorization to my insurance company. The last I heard, surgeries now are being scheduled for November. I can be patient and don't mind the delay so much as the not knowing whether the surgery will be approved or not. I know I need surgery; aside from the weight itself, I've developed several obesity-related comorbidities and have a really awful family history on both sides (cardiovascular, diabetes, morbid obesity, etc.).

If you don't mind my asking, did you lose any weight before surgery? Did you have to deal with insurance approval problems, or was it a pretty easy process?

I did not have any comorbidities and my BMI was in the lower range so I did not apply for insurance coverage as my surgeon said he was certain I would not be approved. I paid out of pocket. I will cross my fingers for you that you are approved.

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6 hours ago, MaybeMeow said:

I did not have any comorbidities and my BMI was in the lower range so I did not apply for insurance coverage as my surgeon said he was certain I would not be approved. I paid out of pocket. I will cross my fingers for you that you are approved.

Thank you! I do have comorbidities. + OSA (mild, not severe like insurance requires. But it’s bad enough that I have to sleep in a recliner because I can’t sleep in a regular bed anymore ), prediabetes, hypertension (not on meds), high cholesterol, a fatty liver, gallbladder disease, and osteoarthritis in my ankles, knees, and back (with a herniated L4 L5 disk).

I called the surgical coordinator yesterday, and she was able to give me a surgery date finally: 11/3/2020 (election day!) She’s supposed to submit all of the documentation to my insurance in the next few days for preauthorization. I pray that my insurance company recognizes how badly I need this surgery and approves it without making me jump through hoops.

If you don’t mind my asking, about how much does WLS cost out of pocket? I don’t want to think about having to pay out of pocket if my insurance denies the gastric sleeve, but I’ve worked so hard to make progress but I’ll never get to a healthy weight with diet and exercise alone :(

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