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Did everyone get approved with lower bmi through insurance? Mine is 40 I have a few issues and worried that I will be denied

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I'm 5'3. I had my vsg at around 200, got to 160. No problem getting it approved due to comorbities. I held that for about 6 years, felt good, most comorbities resolved. But then I got severe gerd and had an rny to fix gerd over a year ago, now weigh 109 lbs.

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i was a bit over your inquiry weight of 205 on surgery day, but sorta close enough, so here's my experience:

Am 5'2", 223 on surgery day (was 235 two weeks prior due to 2wk-pre-op diet).

Recovery was uneventful, no issues nor unexpected side effects (i knew i would be sore and tired for a few days, and i was. took Tylenol for a few days for the pain, and luckily, no gas...i attribute this to walking since day one.)

Got to goal (127 lbs) 7 months later (again uneventfully) and am 118.8 lbs this morning, at 4 years post op.

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hi all, i’ve been following this thread since pre op to gain insight on what may be realistically in store for me and thought i’d give my update for anyone else who stumbles upon this thread :)

im 5’4 and at my heaviest weighed 207. i was asked to drop to 205 by surgery date. i went in day of weighing 204. was not required to do a liquid diet at any point in time pre op. i am now 10 days post op and i’ve dropped 20 lbs (currently weigh 184). i also woke to a lot of phlegm for the first like 5 days which caused a lot of coughing and trying to get it out of my system so it caused a lot of stress to the biggest incision which lead to a LOT of pain and i want to give my body time to heal properly so i have not done any walking or working out. light chores around the house or a shower and i am absolutely beat, i don’t see how anyone could have the energy. but i plan to start light walks next week when i’m eating in phase 3.

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On 11/6/2022 at 6:13 PM, torezz1111 said:

Did everyone get approved with lower bmi through insurance? Mine is 40 I have a few issues and worried that I will be denied

I have Medicare and United Health supplement coverage. My BMI was 36. I had some comorbidities, BP, arthritis, etc. I am 71. My sleeve was done on Sept 1. No problems in recovering and have lost over 40 pounds.

I also worried about being denied but everything was approved before I had the surgery. In my opinion, bariatric doctors and their staff are well prepared to navigate through the insurance requirements for you. Good Luck!

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I was also a lower BMI… prior to my surgery I was 205. I’m almost 2 years post op and will fluctuate between 139-144. Lbs. I was hoping to lose a bit more weight but appear to be stuck at my present weight and am very happy. My surgery was a breeze! No issue’s postoperatively only took pain meds. For a few days. no Hair loss, no dumping syndromes or any issues at all! It’s been a wonderful experience for me and I have zero regrets. The best of luck to you on your weight loss journey! My only advice is to keep up with the exercise Water and diet plan! It’s so easy to lose your focus on those things when your at a smaller size….

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