Excess skin removal covered by OHIP?
on 8/24/10 4:52 pm
I am talking to my doctor on September 30th to ask for a referral for WLS. I have been doing a lot of research and feel very well informed, but I'm really curious about one thing.
I'm kind of worried about the excess skin. From what I understand, OHIP *may* cover a panni, but only if it's medically necessary (due to rash, pain, infection, etc). But that's only on the stomach, right?
What about arms and legs and such? Is that pretty much just something I'd have to get used to?
Has anyone here been covered by OHIP for any kind of lift or panni? What are the cir****tances where they might cover it? How about anyone who hasn't had the surgery? Do you still have loose skin? Does it bother you at all?
Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
Now - I have some hanging skin. I was recently approved for a panni through OHIP due to rashes etc. Not everyone needs a panni - there are a few people in my group with loose skin by no overahng even though they lost 100+lbs. Dependant on a lot of factors (# of pregnancies, age, genetics etc).
I started saving when I started considering WLS for plastics. I would like to do my arms and breasts - but if I didn't have the money, I could live with what I have. A good bra and a 3/4 sleeve hides all. I'd like to do thighs/butt as well, but the money might run out before that happens, we'll see.
Honestly - not a reason to not-consider WLS.
But...how often do I stand around with my arms outstretched and swing my skin back and forth...not too often. My boobs pack nicely into the right bra and look awesome when I make sure the nipples are pointing the right way ;) Who sees my panni...not too many people and clothes hide it well. And I have taken to wearing very fitted skirts on my newly slim body so my thighs don't clap.
Do I want plastics...you bet...at some point, but I am so grateful and happy to have had an opportunity to be given this tool that all of that can wait. I look very good in clothes and the person who sees me naked loved me at 255 pounds and loves me even more now. I wanted to get healthy and that is what I have done. And I have a jar for my plastics fund... ;)
on 8/25/10 5:33 am - Canada
LOL!!!!! I literally laughed out loud when I read this, and every time I re-read it I laugh all over again! But it is funny because it is TRUE! Isn't it awful to have to "pack" them nicely into a bra and then re-direct the nipples! And then I worry about them re-adjusting throughout the day and that it might get a little chilly out.... and well you know how that could go!
LOL! Just way too funny.... and sad all at the same time! LOL!
on 8/24/10 5:29 pm, edited 8/24/10 5:30 pm
I really appreciate knowing how people who have had the surgery feel.
My biggest reason for wanting the surgery is to have a healthier heart. I was born with heart defects. While I'm healthy now, I don't want to continue to carry around all the extra weight and risk having something go wrong with my heart because of it.
So my main reason for considering WLS is my health. Everything else is secondary.
I've noticed that so many people who have had it say they have no regrets and they are happy. And I guess that's just what I want too...
on 8/25/10 5:32 pm
On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about this subject, and I did realize that the skin would be loose any way I lose the weight. And I've seen so many 'after' pictures of people who have had the surgery... they all look great! I don't look at the picture and think "Hm, now where's the skin hanging?" I think "That's where I want to be."
I guess I was just looking for reassurance as to whether the option would be there, and if I need a panni, and qualify for OHIP to foot the bill, I'd do it. But I don't think I'd worry either way.
I'm glad I'm working through all these thoughts now instead of in the middle of the process!
But I'd still take it any day.
I have been doing pilates since 6 weeks out and honestly things are not as bad as I thought they would be.
I also want to wait to be 2 yrs at goal weight as that is my doc recommendation and even then I am not sure I really want to go into yet another surgery....
HW : 305 SW : 294 CW : 160
on 8/11/13 7:52 pm - Canada
I have lost over 155lbs so far. I have been trying to get my family doctor to find a surgeon who will even look at me without the consultation fee. NO GO.
For some reason, they see us former fatties coming along and I feel as though they want to make as much off us as they can.
I fought a long hard battle to get to where I am right now. I did it all without surgery, I went from a size 48 pant to a size 30. From 330lbs to 170-175lbs and am happy with the changes I have made.
Now I feel completely ripped off that I am no longer this "burden" to our health care system, yet they will not support me in my one request to help me get rid of my loose skin... and boy do I have a lot of it!
on 8/25/10 8:15 pm
I have lost 112, so far and I have excess skin, but when I look at my arms for example, I know even with them flapping they look better then they did before. Tummy same thing. I think everyone has had surgery for their health. but we are human and damn, would all like to have tight skin. It is a personal choice to have WLS surgery and then as I have taken to calling it reconstructive surgery after your weight lose. Good for you to think about it before so you are a little more prepared when it happens.
Good Luck in your journey