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Hello everyone.

I am just curious about this. How long did it take for others to go from the initial visit of paperwork to receiving their surgery date?

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I went for my initial visit in March and have a surgery date for June 17. I have BCBS and they required 3 consecutive months of appointments before surgery could be scheduled. My surgeon's office scheduled everything: sleep apnea at home test & consult, nutritionist, blood work, psych eval and EKG. I also had to meet with a dietitian but my surgery had already been scheduled so it was pointless.

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3 hours ago, SARAHNEW said:

Hello everyone.

I am just curious about this. How long did it take for others to go from the initial visit of paperwork to receiving their surgery date?

I have UHC and I was required to do a 6 month program. Started in November, surgery is Monday.

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It took me about 6 months. I had already satisfied one month of my weigh ins so I had to do 5 of those and then about one more month till my surgery date.

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I started the process mid January and go for surgery June 20th so that’s about 5 months. Initially my insurance required 5% weight loss, then it changed to 1 pound weight loss and 6 months of nutrition visits, then it changed to 1 pound weight loss and 3 months.

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I had my first appt April 30th, 2019 and my VSG surgery was December 17, 2019. My surgeon’s office had me meet with and get signed off by my GP, a cardiologist (that I now see every 6 months!), a therapist for psychiatric evaluation, a dietitian, and a pulmonologist who recommended I get genetic testing.

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I have BCBS IL and it is a 3 month process for me. One nutritionist appointment a month with no weight gain, a psych evaluation, lab work with an H. pylori test, documented 3 year weight history, and a letter of medical necessity from primary care doctor. If insurance approves after everything then my surgery date will be sometime in August/September.

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I have Kaiser GA. Started program June 2021, did 6 months of requirements. Completed surgery March 2022, due to Covid delays.

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I have Medicaid and it’s a 6 month waiting period. There is lots to get done during that time.

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