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I have been waiting for insurance approval. It has been almost 2 weeks since I have heard from the case manager / nurse. I really want to get my appointment to pick up my Optifast . Really want my surgery date!!!

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I wouldn't consider wls an elective surgery. Once you have medical necessity proven for insurance approval and a surgery date you most likely will get the surgery. Wouldn't be surprised if they do testing just before of course.

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I’m scheduled for 3/30. Start liquid prep on 3/16. My surgeon said it’s a chance, so I’m holding my breath... really hate to get through the liquid prep only to be cancelled at the last minute.

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18 minutes ago, Lrdoflamancha said:

I just heard that the CDC is suggesting that all none essential surgery be postponed. For up to 2
months effective immediately. I suggest you call your clinic and confirm.

I went to the site. This is what it says:

Inpatient facilities

  • Reschedule elective surgeries as necessary.
  • Shift elective urgent inpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures to outpatient settings, when feasible.

If your surgery requires you to be admitted as an inpatient, then it could be rescheduled. It also says that if the surgery is inpatient elective, then consider shifting it to an outpatient setting.

I already know that my procedure will be done in the outpatient surgery section which is housed in a different building that is connected to the main hospital. If you don't know if your surgery will be done as an inpatient vs. outpatient, then that would be what I would ask -- especially if your surgery is to be done within the next week or so.

Also, these are interim guidance from the CDC -- meaning that they are recommendations at this point.

Also, I think that if you have had your pre-op appointment, you should already know where to go; my hospital will call the day before for the actual time of the surgery and when I'm to show up.

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I'm not scheduled til 4/9...hopefully this is good news for me. I am also going to a surgery center...although they operate 23 hours a day (don't really know what that means).

It's MY time!

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This is from yesterday's New York Times:

The Coronavirus Is Forcing Hospitals to Cancel Surgeries
Hospitals in coronavirus hot spots like Seattle and New York are postponing elective surgeries, hoping to conserve their resources as the outbreak escalates.

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The surgeon general is echoing the CDC recommendation that all elective surgeries be canceled. GAH! This is so crazy and overblown!!

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3 minutes ago, Cia2020 said:

This is so crazy and overblown!!

maybe - but maybe not. I'm paying attention to what's been happening in Italy and am a bit worried that could happen here if people aren't following the CDC recommendations. But I think whether or not your hospital postpones elective surgeries may depend on where you're living. Some communities are being hit harder with this than others...

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I don't know if it's overblown or not, but if the SG said that, that's not exactly what the CDC is saying. I would just advise everyone who has scheduled surgery in the next week or two to contact your surgeon's office tomorrow to confirm the date. As I said before, the CDC is making a distinction between inpatient and outpatient services -- at least for now.

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This is one of the many articles about his recommendation as well as one from the College of Surgeons.

https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/03/14/surgeon-general-elective-surgeries-coronavirus-129405?PC=EMMX20&refcv=pTnoAAgMfQreIdKn.0.0.48735.714

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5 minutes ago, Cia2020 said:

This is one of the many articles about his recommendation as well as one from the College of Surgeons.

https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/03/14/surgeon-general-elective-surgeries-coronavirus-129405?PC=EMMX20&refcv=pTnoAAgMfQreIdKn.0.0.48735.714

Thanks for that. Apparently the CDC got its recommendations from the College of Surgeons because it's exactly word for word what I posted above.

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@Mello1 Or vice versa. Major medical advisory boards all tend to collaborate in events like these. I left a message for my surgeon's office scheduler, but since it's the weekend... UGH! I hate not knowing.

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1 minute ago, Cia2020 said:

@Mello1 Or vice versa. Major medical advisory boards all tend to collaborate in events like these. I left a message for my surgeon's office scheduler, but since it's the weekend... UGH! I hate not knowing.

I know, right? It's awful and this always tend to happen over the weekend when you can't call anyone to find out anything. Try not to worry. We are on the bubble for sure and I've been fasting for 15 days and counting. Not to mention having arranged to take time off of work that I would have to either return or take vacation leave (which is what I will probably do because outside of this surgery, I'm not trying to be anywhere else right now).

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