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I don’t have a Primary Care doctor. My coordinator said I need to establish care with one now so when the surgery time comes hopefullyin December, I can get medical clearance quickly. She said I need to schedule an appointment with PCP now. What I am not clear is what am I supposed to schedule an appointment for right now? Just a physical? And tell them I am planning to have surgery in December and will need to get clearance then?

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Generally a new patient appointment perhaps w/ a physical. Then surgery approval/clearance appointment.

Ask the coordinator if they work with any specific physicians that they work with the practice or a referral to a physician they are certain supports metabolic/weight loss surgery. If they do, the process will go smoother.

Good luck ❤

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Generally a new patient appointment perhaps w/ a physical. Then surgery approval/clearance appointment.
Ask the coordinator if they work with any specific physicians that they work with the practice or a referral to a physician they are certain supports metabolic/weight loss surgery. If they do, the process will go smoother.
Good luck [emoji173]

Thank you
Yes, coordinator gave me names that she recommends. I just need to check and find one in network.

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5 hours ago, xoxomaya said:

I don’t have a Primary Care doctor. My coordinator said I need to establish care with one now so when the surgery time comes hopefullyin December, I can get medical clearance quickly. She said I need to schedule an appointment with PCP now. What I am not clear is what am I supposed to schedule an appointment for right now? Just a physical? And tell them I am planning to have surgery in December and will need to get clearance then?

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You may need to do monthly weigh in or blood work and have history with a PCP for insurance

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Sometimes it can take months to get a new patient appointment with a PCP, which is why they want you to start now. Also, few PCP’s of any worth would feel comfortable doing a surgical clearance during a first appointment. They will at the very least want the opportunity to order and review labs. I suggest you call for an appointment ASAP. It may seem like you have all sorts of time now, but it goes fast. BTW, I am a nurse working in a large primary care practice. Best of luck to you!

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