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How long does it take on average from filling out the first paperwork til surgery?



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Took me 10 weeks. All depends on your insurance and surgeons requirements. If you are self pay, possibly faster.

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Consult on 9/15 and surgery on 11/11. We had already done the 6 month diet requirements though and just had to get documentation for it. We also had to complete the other requirements but were able to get them completed very quickly.

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I had 3 month weight monitoring program with my primary care physician before WLS surgeon could submit to insurance. That was done First week of December 2019. Got approved 8n about five business days. Surgery was scheduled for January 16th 2020. It will depend on your requirements qnd surgeons schedule.

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Filled out first paperwork in June of 2017, surgery in December of 2017. No insurance issues, but surgeon had a LOT of hoops to jump through including significant weight loss with dietician, correcting Vitamin D level, psychiatric appts, endoscopy, fitness and healthy cooking class, other tests, etc.

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I started the process in March, but I was self pay. Because of COVID, it got delayed and the hospital laid the surgeon and dietitian off, so I went to a different surgeon and hospital on June 15th. I had my surgery July 23rd. I had already had the EGD with the first surgeon, so I didn't need too much more done, and since I was self pay it went pretty quickly.

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My ins does cover some of the cost, if I have surgery before the end of the year it would be cheaper so I was seeing if it possibly could happen. Ty

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It's only February...I think there are great chances you could get a surgery date by the end of the year. If you know what surgeon you want to use, phone them and ask how long their typical patient takes from first visit to getting a surgery date. They'll have a good idea.

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I started early February of last year. I had surgery 11/10. First appt was available in March, six monitored visits April-September plus dietician psych, a class, insurance submitted end of September and got my approval early October.

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