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Hi Roustabout, Congrats on your band. How did the surgery go, much pain? I will see the surgeon this coming Thursday and hopefully get an approval soon after. I was going to have the gastric bypass and changed to the band because less complications with it. Hows the weight loss going? Have a good weekend, Maggie:cool2:

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I had the surgery on Monday 4 August. In and out the same day. Two weeks of liquid diet. For the first time in years, I am not interested in sweets or other high glycemic carohydrates. The only time I think about food at all is when I smell my wife's cooking. It's not like hunger, but remembering how great it did taste. I weigh too much for my home scales to measure so the first goal is get back onto 300 pounds scales. I started out at 365.

I note my face getting thinner and my legs and ankles aren't retaining lots of Water. I feel good. In two days I see the surgeon and start on the mushy phase for two weeks. I haven't had one problem with the whole thing so far. Soon the 39 bills from different departments who don't follow instructions will start to come in. That will last for the next year. Then the surgery will be officially over.:thumbup:

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Roust, Sounds like you are doing great, hopefully mine will go as good. Have you had your first fill yet? Maggie:cool2:

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I went to my PCM on Friday, August 15, 2008, and the doctor asked me, "What can I do for you today?" My reply, "I want a referral to have Lap Band surgery!" My doctor said "Okay." and he immediately sat down and started typing the request.

My first step towards the process. My appointment to see General Surgery at MAMC is Sept 4, 2008.

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thingirl, good luck in journey to being banded. Some go real fast and others drag on. Hopefully the surgeon will send in the request for approval this Thursday and I will be able to have it before much longer. Keep us informed how it goes for you. Maggie:cool2:

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Karina, Any news today from surgeon or Tricare? Maggie:huh2:

Are you serious???? Today was a real Soap Opera. You have no idea. I called Tricare, they told me they never got anything. I called Yvette(surgeon coord) and she garantee she had send it. After calling Tricare a few times and trying to contact Yvette again, I left her a message asking her to fax it again and I also told her I could go there and fax it for her, if she needed. She never called me back. At the time my husband got home I was in tears with all this run arround. At the same time Yvette called me telling me she had refaxed Tricare and now she had a confirmation and she had faxed to other fax number. I will call again tomorrow and see whats going on. ONE MORE DAY TO WAIT. Thanks for the support, Maggie.:blink:

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Wow, talking about the run around, both places need some new employees who know what they are doing.:confused2: Hopefully you will get some positive new today:teeth_smile: Maggie

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Denied by Tricare! They told me I was 6.5 lbs under the weight requirement!

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Now you need the thread about if you are willing to do gain wt for surgery and things ppl have done. Don't let 6.5 pounds defeat you, hang in there.

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If it were winter, I would have weighed that amount..but it was 102 degrees outside when I went! I am going next week in my parka, turtleneck, ski hat, mittens (and gloves) longjohns, snow boots, and maybe even the skis too!!

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If it were winter, I would have weighed that amount..but it was 102 degrees outside when I went! I am going next week in my parka, turtleneck, ski hat, mittens (and gloves) longjohns, snow boots, and maybe even the skis too!!

Soaking wet wool socks, too. They weigh 10 lbs on their own. :)

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JWRN, it would only take a couple of days for me to gain 6 1/2 pounds. You gain that and they should approve you. :) Maggie

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Karina, was today a better day for you? I am starting to get very nervous about Thursday and my appt. with the surgeon. Will he except me and help me get Tricare to approve it???????? We need everybody on this thread to get approved so we can go thru this together. Good luck to us all. Maggie:thumbup::tongue2::)

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I'm Tricare standard, like Roustabout. Honestly, it took Tricare 2 days to approve me and the hospital has an insurance coordinator who assembled and handled it all for me! I guess I'm lucky! My internist told me 7/3 to get surgery, 7/10 I went to seminar, and after preop diet and psych eval and nutrition consult and some preop tests, I was scheduled for 8/11. My liver was too fatty and I am rescheduled for 8/25. My insurance has been wonderful through all this.

We have the option of Tricare prime (we live in a large city) but don't care for most of the docs in that network.

I guess I'm really lucky!

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