MEDICAID AND MEDICARE SURGEONS LIST!
on 7/11/08 1:06 pm
Name: Northern Illinois Weight Loss Center in DeKalb,IL
If they accept Medicare and or Medicaid: Accepts Medicaid but there is a waiting list. About a 2 year wait currently. Cannot accept Medicare at this time. Maybe by 2009.
Phone number: 815.748.8304
The number is (217) 383-3240 that the general surgery number
I was in Ogle county, now whiteside, and he did my RNY Dec. 6, 2004 and he sent me a letter that he was no longer doing my follow up care because of stopping accepting the medicaid, and NOW I'm struggling with nutrition and anemia because no doctor around here is familiar enough with the surgery:(
Any info you can provide would be a BLESSING!
I CAN BE REACHED AT AFJOHNSON2005@YAHOO.COM
tHANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!
on 6/5/09 1:28 pm
Based on your referral I called them and they said to set up an appointment for the seminar, which I will be attending on Monday. Do they really accept Medicaid (kid care) for lap band or bariatric surgery? Will they approve me? I'm 5'7 240 lbs and this sounds too good to be true, being as I do not have any medical issues due to my weight, other then being self conscious and depressed because Im not happy with the way I look, and maybe a little shortness of breath when I walk a far distance or up alot of stairs. I'm really not that obese, but I would like to lose about 75 lbs and I've been struggling to lose this weight for years. I'm wondering how long I would have to be out of work though. I'm a mom of two and I'm on maternity leave so I really can't take off more then a few days. Any information you can give me about this place, the entire process, the surgery, recovery time etc. would be greatly appreciated. I'm also in Waukegan. Thank you so much!
For starters, your BMI has to be 35 with co-morbidities and 40 without (no health issues). At 5'7" and 240 you're BMI is 37.6, you have no health issues so more than likely IPA will not approve you.
That's not to say you can't atleast go to the seminar and get more info. Maybe you have some of the more subtle co-morbidities such as infertility or sleep apnea? The seminar is free so you don't lose out.
In my experience with Dr. Siegel, he feels very confident that IPA / Kid Care will accept me at 34.9 BMI BUT, I have 5 co-morbidities!
But yes, Siegel accepts Kid Care / IPA and you pay a $2 co-pay per visit. However, the workup with Stacy is $70 and at the time of surgery you pay a $250 Program Fee.
I just saw him for my 30 day follow-up and he submitted my case to IPA.
Also, RNY is more invasive than Lapband but even with the Lapband expect to be off work for 2 weeks!
If you have any other questions shoot me an email here!
July 15th, 2009 (Surgery Day)
Size 22/24 Pants & 26/28 Shirt 46DDD Bra
August 15th, 2010 (13 Months Post Op)
Size 4 Pants (WTF??!!) & Small Shirt 36DDD (Not my true size!) Bra
on 6/13/12 8:59 pm
UIC surgical center takes it.
I didn't have it, but I think Dr Vitello takes it.
The hospital runs like a machine. It is amazing. I could have 2-3 different appointments in a row and be done in 3 hours. It is a great hospital, and DrVitello is a great Surgeon and the Med Students are always on the floor for questions and help. It was really nice.
Just call UIC hospital and ask some questions and they will connect you to who you need to talk to.
Here is a link:
Surgical Date: 12/10/08 Open RNY
Goal Wt: 275
Present Wt: 224 LBS!!!!!!!
Ya, thats right, Im UNDER MY GOAL BY 50LBS!!