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on 3/2/13 7:53 pm
Topic: RE: SC Medicaid...Gastric Bypass...Approval?


on 2/28/13 2:54 pm - SC
Topic: Anyone else have Dr. Kenneth Mitchell as your surgeon

I was wondering if you could tell me what his surgeon's fee is. I was supposed to get an email today with that info, and I didn't now the office is closed, and we have to have it by my pre op on Friday. I'm so excited, I just want to get my ducks in a row! Thanks in advance!

on 2/17/13 11:39 am - SC
Topic: RE: BCBS Florida & South Carolina Help!
I have bcbs of sc and they will not cover it. I asked them if they even offered a policy that covered it and they said no. So I'm going to Mexico and paying for it myself. Lots cheaper than here in states and doctors seem more experienced.
on 2/6/13 7:47 pm
VSG on 08/05/13 with
Topic: RE: Self pay at Palmetto Baptist?

I have actually been considering that.  However, what happens if I have surgery there and then complications when I get home?  That  is what scares me.  Who was your surgeon in Mexico?

Patricia M.
on 1/26/13 8:30 pm - Marion, NC
Topic: RE: New...Anyone have Dr. Ross?

Dr. Ross is one of the best. I had him in January 3 years ago. I live in NC, but preferred to go to SC so I could have him be my suregon.

on 1/20/13 6:44 pm
Topic: RE: Self pay at Palmetto Baptist?
Rather than doing a self pay in the states, I suggest you go to Mexico. I did. It cost less than a third of what you'd pay here. VERY pleased with the results.
on 1/15/13 4:54 pm
VSG on 08/05/13 with
Topic: RE: State of SC Insurance Study

After much research I was able to obtain the answer myself and am posting it here in case anyone else wondered.   They have extended the study through 2014.   They state that this does NOT mean that they will cover WLS after that time.  So, basically, wait for two more years and it MIGHT happen or might not. 

Tammy Colter
on 1/2/13 5:22 pm - CA
Topic: 2013: 20 Funny New Year's Resolutions

2013:  20 Funny New Year's Resolutions

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, our family members and friends can get quite creative and even funny with what they resolve to do in the New Year.  Here a few good ones I have heard along the way...Oh, and a few of my own!

1.  I resolve to stop procrastinating about procrastinating!

2.  I will stop sending Facebook messages and emails to my loved ones when they are in the same room as I am!

3.  I will use my treadmill for something other than a place to hang my jacket.

4.  I will not sit at the kitchen table in my PJ's all day.  Instead, I will move my computer to my bedroom.

5.  I vow to never take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night!

Click here to read more!

All my best, 

Tammy Colter
Director of Media & PR
OH Magazine
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on 12/17/12 11:34 am - Irvine, CA
Topic: Super Storm Sandy and OH Members


Even though ObesityHelp members are around the world, at times like these with Superstorm Sandy, we are united and here for each other.

For our ObesityHelp members, families and friends that are in the disaster areas, our thoughts are with you.  We’ve listed some helpful links below to provide information so we can support you. 

If you live in an area not impacted by Sandy but still want to help, there’s information for you too.  Make sure you are prepared for a natural disaster by checking out the information in the links below. 

If you’d like the latest info from the Federal Emergency Management Association on Superstorm Sandy, clickHERE.


If you need to find an emergency shelter near you, text:

If you want to apply for assistance from your computer, click HERE.

If you want to apply for assistance from your mobile device, click HERE.

If you want to apply for assistance, call (800) 621-3362


General information from FEMA, click HERE.

Here’s how you and your loved ones can prepare for natural disasters, click HERE.

During times of disasters, the American Red Cross is always among the first at the scene.  The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need.


Click HERE to donate funds for survivors of Superstorm Sandy.

Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters throughout the country including Superstorm Sandy. To donate, people can visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

You can contact the “Join The Movement” of the American Red Cross to donate funds, donate blood, and read about other ways to help by clicking HERE.

With our support,
ObesityHelp Management and Staff

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on 12/15/12 2:42 pm
VSG on 08/05/13 with
Topic: RE: SC State BCBS Insurance?

State of SC EXCLUDES bariatric surgery at this time.   They are doing a study which should be completed sometime in 2014.  At that time, they may or may not choose to offer WLS.   It is all about the $$$.

on 12/14/12 9:37 am
VSG on 08/05/13 with
Topic: Self pay at Palmetto Baptist?

Has anyone here done self pay at Palmetto Baptist?   If so, were you happy with the care?   What was the total cost of everything?

on 12/2/12 8:09 pm
VSG on 08/05/13 with
Topic: State of SC Insurance Study

Does anyone know what the outcome was of the State of SC doing a study to determine if they are going to add WLS to employees insurance benefts?

on 11/6/12 3:07 am
Topic: BCBS Florida & South Carolina Help!

I am fairly new to the lapband journey. I have me with my surgeron and he agrees that I am a good canidate I just need to wait for approval from insurance. This is where things get fuzzy. I am covered under my husband's insurance, which is blue cross blue shield. We live in Georgia, but his company is based out of Jacksonville, Florida, so our insurance card states BCBS of Florida. When I was doing all of my preliminary reserach I did all of it based on BCBS Fl which has just dropped their 6 month wait. This would mean that since I meet all other requirements I would be ready to submit my claim to insurance, but when the financial dept. at my surgeon's office spoke to my insurance company they said that technically I am under BCBS or South Carolina (who of course still require 6 month diet)! Has anyone come into this problem before. I am confused about South Carolina coverage and any help would be appreciated. Also when I looked into South Carolina's coverage their policy on bariatric surgery was up for review in Oct 2012, does this mean they could make changes to the policy to drop the 6 month diet? This is what Florida did recently. They review their policy and on Sept 12 dropped the diet restriction.

Melissa W.
on 10/15/12 2:55 pm - West Columbia, SC
Topic: RE: Recommend A Doc Please?
Dr. Paul Plante in Columbia 803-779-3378. He has been my doctor for 18 years. I started seeing him went he first started his practice.  He is WONDERFUL, that is probably an understatement!
on 10/9/12 9:10 pm - Conway, SC
Topic: Recommend A Doc Please?
I have already had my initial visit with Dr. Hughes and my 1st nutrition class. I don't have a primary doc, so I am having trouble getting a letter from a doc other than Dr. Hughes that says I need bariatric surgery. My insurance requires it. Can someone please recommend a doc to me that supports bariatric surgery? I'm in the Myrtle Beach area but will travel to Florence, Columbia or any other city within an acceptable distance. Thanks in advance!
Member Services
on 9/14/12 6:33 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: Meet Our Speakers: Ask The Experts!
                       Save the dates: October 5th and 6th!

Come to Atlanta, GA and ask our panel of experts the questions you want answers to!  If you are unable to atend the event, email your questions to: and we will ask the experts to answer your questions and then we will post them on the message boards after the OH event!

Click here to reserve your tickets today!  We hope to see you there!

Mixed Q & A Panel, 
Grads & Professionals

Friday  2:00pm - 4:30pm

Dr.  Paul E. Macik

Performing operations laparoscopically since 1991.  His practice offers Gastric Bypass, LapBand and Sleeve Gastrectomy options.  Also an Instructor for Quarterly In-Service Program of Bariatric Surgery at Emory Dunwoody Medical Center and Northside Hospital.

Jim Blackburn

Jim lost 215 pounds and found a love for running.  With 58,038 Race finishers at an avg time of 01:17:35, Jim finished the 2012 Peachtree Road Race (10k) in 1:07:57, a goal he's worked towards since having Gastric Bypass.

Dr.  Michael Williams 

Dr. Williams principal clinical and research interest include minimally invasive techniques, and the surgical therapy of morbid obesity.  He has been involved in training surgeons in laparocopic techniques in the United States and the Caribbean.  

Beth Sheldon-Badore

Blogger, & Founder of Bariatric Bad Girls. "Melting Mama" as she's known through her blog has been blogging about life since her WLS in 2004.  Her witty, honest approach to life after WLS has inspired and supported thousands.

Dr. Sheldon Lincenberg

Double-board certified, plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a board-certified general surgeon.  In 1995, he created and began sponsoring Pink Ribbons, an annual October event during Breast Cancer Month to benefit breast cancer organizations.

 Courtney aka tripmom02

An active OH member for 5 years and a frequent poster on the VSG forum! She's bringing her post-op experience as a Lap Band to VSG Revision. Courtney has lost 170 lbs and is training for her 1st half marathon in October. Her goal is to complete an Iron Man in 2014!

Professional Q & A Panel

Saturday  10:30am - 11:55am

Scott Steinberg, MD

Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS. 

Qammar Rashid, MD

Fellow-ship trained in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.  A large part of her practice is breast and bariatric surgery.    

Dr. Dennis C. Smith  

The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique. 

Connie Stapleton, Ph.D

Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.  

Donna DeMild, LPBLC

Post-Op and CEO of BodySmart, LLC. Donna works at NJ Bariatrics and is a licensed bariatric life coach. Her focus is lifestyle change after wls.   

Jeremy Gentles

A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist. 

We are so excited about our 2015 Event in Raleigh-Durham, NC!  Book now and we hope to see you there! 




Shravan Panyam
on 9/13/12 7:37 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: Announcing Forum Upgrades!

Its been over six years since we've launched our forums. During this time it has seen thousands of fresh faces, greetings, meetings, partings, arguments, kind words, life transformations, cathartic rants, and simply happy time pass. It has been with us throughout this time, silently observing and facilitating. But like any wise old man, its bones were getting old. Its joints were aching, and it has been needing a new jolt of energy.

A Mobile World
Did you know that over 30% of you visit our website using a mobile device? For those who do visit us via mobile, we owe you a sincere apology, because our forums have been horrendous on a mobile browser. But the big news is that things are about to change! Our new forums are completely mobile friendly and compatible with iPhone, Android, and pretty much any other modern smart phone.

Each post, topic, and forum shows up beautifully, with the full set of features, and in nice large font. See the screenshots for yourself.

You dont have do anything different, just browse to the forums like you normally would. This means that you can finally put these away:

Not Just for Mobile
The interface on your desktop browser has also been cleaned up a great deal. There is now less clutter on the page, and the overall experience is a lot cleaner. Check out some more screenshots here!

You will notice that each post no longer has 400 buttons below it. Only the buttons that are relevant to each post show up, making your screen space a lot less cluttered. Also, when you reply to another person's post, the entire post is indented inside, making it a lot easier to figure out who has replied to whom.

Launching soon! Maybe as early as next week! Maybe.
And do remember that this is not in any way a be-all-end-all when it comes to the forums. We are in the process of constantly learning and improving upon what we have, and this is just one step along the way.

Stay tuned for the changes! We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

 ObesityHelp Developer        
Member Services
on 9/8/12 8:46 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: Meet Our Speakers: Colleen M. Cook

Meet Our Speakers: Colleen M. Cook


Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain

Join 17 year WLS veteran Colleen M. Cook for both a shot in the arm and a kick in the seat as she shares lessons from long-term losers and imparts insight, inspiration, and hope for WLS patients struggling with extended plateaus or weight regain. Her thoughts, stories, and personal experiences will inspire and motivate you to reach and maintain your optimum weight loss.

Also, don't miss her Keynote on Friday: Nothing Succeeds Like Success

We hope to see you in Atlanta, GA October 5th and 6th! Click here to book your ticket today!

Fast Facts About Colleen

-Colleen is the author of The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients.
- She is the president or Bariatric Support Centers International, a company that specializes in providing education and support services for weight loss surgery patients and the professionals who serve them.
- Colleen currently serves on the National Advisory board for the Walk From Obesity.
-Known as Ms. Enthusiasm, Colleen helps men and women from all walks of life recognize their extraordinary potential and then inspires then to aspire.

We are so excited about our 2015 Event in Raleigh-Durham, NC!  Book now and we hope to see you there! 




on 9/5/12 11:38 pm - Hanahan, SC
Topic: Hey my Fellow SC peeps!

My husband and I both had Gastric bypass and have had issues keeping motivated.  I've lost 160+ and he las lost about 180ish I think.  We haven't done horrible, but we definitely could do better : )   He and I have recently created a Charleston, SC support group for bariatric patients that need support and motivation.  If you are interested in joining us feel free to message me your email address and I can send you the link to the group....


you can go directly to the group and request to be added (It's a closed group).. Here is the link!/gr oups/509632959050196/

Hope to see some of you there to share stories, tips, and motivate each other!!  : )

Member Services
on 8/31/12 8:40 pm - Irvine, CA
Hello Members,

On a daily basis we get calls from members in desperate need of surgeons that will accept Medicaid and or Medicare for Bariatric surgery.  It breaks our hearts when we have to say "we don't know of any surgeons in your state we can refer you to". 

Can you please help us? If you know of any surgeons in your state that accepts Medicaid and or Medicare, will you list their:


If they accept Medicare and or Medcaid

Phone number



This list will remain here for our members to access and use.

Thank you so much!!!


Member Services

We are so excited about our 2015 Event in Raleigh-Durham, NC!  Book now and we hope to see you there!