I finally got a call back from the surgeon's office in response to my application for surgery. I called Medicare before I ever turned in the application to confirm the qualifications for surgery, and I was told that I needed to have a BMI of of 35 or greater, at least one of the comorbidities listed (diabetes, hypertension, etc.), at had to have the surgery at a COE. However, when the lady from the surgeon's office called me back, she said that it had to be refractory hypertension with attempted treatment by at least three different medications. I researched this, and I found that guideline to be true for Medicare surgery applicants in Texas (something to do with approvals going through something called Trailblazer), but I can't find that documented anywhere for Tennessee. So, Tennessee surgery post-ops, or approval receivers, what was your experience? Did these very specific requirements apply to you?