WENT TO BARIATRIC SEMINAR on July 16, 2010 9:52 pm
so i went to the seminar...again.
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allot was the same as before, but there was some new stuff too, glad i went.
i had heard about gastric sleeve, and have looked into it, pretty well informed about the proceedure, was pleasently surprised too find out this facility did the proceedure. wasnt too excied tho, because i thought my insuranc didnt cover it because it was still considered "experimental".
i came home, went online to the insurance site, and saw that AETNA DOES cover this procdure as well...so...im thinking THIS is the surgery for me.
the diference in this and the other is a few details.
1)- the surgery doesnt bypass anything to create a NEW path for any food,
2)- it has less issues with malabsorbtion, because the stomach is still intact
3)- the stomach is shaved off, and your left with a much smaller spae to fill up when eating.
4)- its NON REVERSABLE..while gastric IS reversable after its done.
im looking for the most natural way to have the surgery. meaning when im done with it, im looking for the most normal way to still be afterwards with everything. THIS technique couldnt have come at a more perfect time for me.
at THIS facility the person who was speaking (a amle nurse by the name of mark) said that this procedure usually was designed for extra morbildy obese people to help them lose weight and then they could under-go the gastric once they hot a certain level...
he said, also, that they had noticed the extra proceedure WASNT needed in most cases because the weight came off at a regualr rate, and met as well as exceeded the goals set for hthose who had it done, so its an option for anyone to undergo, as long as your insurance covers it.
so, im opting for that.
turned in the patient packet, and insurance info, and i have to wait 2 weeks before i possibly hear anything back about if im aproved or not.
i meet all the criteria, and fall within insurances guidelines, and the coolest part is that everything is pretty much done there at the facility (or campus), so you dont have to rely on several different doctors in several different places to get together with the info you need for insurance, its all handled right there.
so 2 weeks,,,and ill know if im aproved.
and the rate (depending on any other issues) for aproval to surgery date is: 90 days 9on average. so, im thinking i may be starting this mid october, late october sometime...
a year from now, ill be...a whole new me....
i can see her, in my minds eye..i always see the other me there...
shes been locked up for a long time...dying to get out.
nows the time. im ready, lets do this.
OK, SO IM STARTING THIS WHOLE THING ALL OVER... on July 13, 2010 10:10 am
geeze! has it really been 3 years since i was here last? hard to believe!
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in the interm of my absence from this site, i saught out gastric bypass surgery, found a primary physician who was willing to worl with me(refered by a woman at church), started on the road to better health, and hubby lost his job, and we lost the insurance.
one year later to the date of his being fired he was rehied at a governement job,...
insurance was gained back (amazingly, the same policy! and same company!) and as soon as the card came in, i called to find out about coverage.
found out i have the same coverage as before (FRIGGIN MIRACLE!!!)
just the other day i called, because im on another site local to my area that talks allot about people who have had the surgeon here and their sucess stories and gastric bypass/or lap band proceedure, and ome of them were talking about having everything done on site now, no more running around and being refered to a bajillion different specialists who all have to send all the paperwork to the insurance...so, my inquary was about that possibility, having it all done at one place...
i was led to a website for my insurance co, that showed me the policy had changed for the better...
almost everythings done in one place, if you meet the requirements...which i do.
so, i called today, and set up an appintment, to start over new ...appintments set for 2 days from now (15h) at 2pm
have to take my insurance cards, and a filled out paitient packet with me...
the facility says on their website that many people who start the process with them have their surgery within 90 days...
maybe ill be one of the lucky ones!
im stille expecting some set backs, approvals, etc...
ive decided ill take one-day-at-a-time.
my blog can be found at: www.ourstory.com/MichellesWeightLossJourney