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Hi there. I've started the process and am curious to hear from those who have had the surgery regarding timelines. I know the ultimate answer is "it varies", just trying to hear experiences so I can know what to expect.

My insurance only has one requirement, which is evidently pretty rare (she double checked twice) - my BMI. I meet that criteria. Given this, I'm curious if my timeline for possible surgery will be shorter or if I should anticipate the 6ish months most people experience.

Thank you!

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Be careful to read the fine print

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5 hours ago, MIKEYY84 said:

Be careful to read the fine print

I will - is there something specific that is commonly missed?

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For me, I believe that is my insurance's only requirement too. Now I just need to do my surgeon office's requirements. My timeline is:

  1. Met with surgeon and coordinator last week
  2. Get lots of bloodwork and EKG
  3. Get thumbs up from PCP and endocrinologist (I'm a type 1 diabetic, if you're not, you probably don't need that)
  4. Meeting with nutritionist and psychologist this week
  5. Meeting with nutritionist ad psychologist next month, need to show progress
  6. Get thumbs up from nutritionist/psychologist
  7. Surgeon gives thumbs up and sends full packet to insurance
  8. Insurance has 30 days to respond
  9. Do final round of tests to make sure that I'm still in good shape for surgery (bloodwork didn't get worse, my A1C is still good, weight didn't go up)
  10. Schedule Surgery

So, long story short, I've been told if all goes perfect, I can expect a September-October surgery date. Fingers crossed!

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Thanks, @minimamaz00m - that's about the timeline I was thinking!

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