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How to get my PCP to referral me for weight loss surgery.



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Idiot doc. Anyone with BMI over 50 is almost automatic. You didn't say your age. Everyone knows that reduced calorie diet and exercise won't do it. On "Biggest loser" they never have reunion because they all gain it back. You don't want to wait for comorbidities. The longer you have to live with that BMI, the more likely you will develop comorbidities and some may not be reversible. You need a doctor who is on your side who understands realities of morbid obesity. Any doc that believes you can even exercise much at BMI 50 doesn't know obesity.

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Do you have the option of finding a more supportive doctor? Were you able to demonstrate to him what you have done in the recent past to lose weight without any success?

Sounds like he doesn't understand obesity and the complex issues that cause it. For a lot of people it isn't as simple as eating less and/or moving more.

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My WLS was very helpful and he sent me to the right doctors. I had worked with him before what you may want to do is find a good qualified WLS and work through him.

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Yeah find a doctor whose not a prick

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My PCP would not refer me either. I was “healthy” and young and just fit the criteria barely. I told her that I needed support and that the bariatric program I was joining could give me services to help in my weight loss that I needed. I told her I’d try the program out for the other benefits and come back to her before my surgery and discuss if it was the right decision if I wanted to do it. I knew all along I was going to do it and never went back to her- maybe I should have because I told her I would but I really dislike my PCP so I didn’t mind.

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What about finding a weight-loss surgeon and asking for a recommendation of a doctor that takes Medicaid and is supportive of WLS? Working it backwards would hopefully ensure you end up with a primary care physician that is supportive!
Keep turning towards Joy and Pursuing health

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