My Insurance Approval my Tummy tuck and thighs!

Liz J.
on 10/7/19 1:29 pm - Saint Louis, MO
DS on 11/29/16

I can't believe that my insurance approved my tummy and thighs the first time! I'll be having surgery in January, any advice?

HW: 398.8 SW:356 GW: 175 CW:147

A. Martinez
on 10/7/19 3:46 pm

How did you get the Thighs approved my surgeon said has as yet to see them cover that. I am in CA.

Liz J.
on 10/8/19 6:01 am - Saint Louis, MO
DS on 11/29/16

Lots of documentation on all three of our parts. Mine, my PCP, and my surgeon. I had a lot of infections and discoloration going on. Something with my arms but they did not approve those. Will try again after the abdomen and thighs are done.

HW: 398.8 SW:356 GW: 175 CW:147

on 10/8/19 10:43 pm

Congrats! A Go Girl & a raised toilet seat were life savers with my thigh lift. Also, lots of ice packs to help with itching and swelling!

on 10/25/19 10:22 am, edited 10/25/19 3:44 am

Buckle up. It's a tough surgery depending on how extensive they go. They went 360 on me. I literally sat on the couch for almost a week it hurt so much to move, especially with all the drains. My arm drains caught on everything. I watched GOT from start to finish (basically a season a day). Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the end result. But I will admit that I was surprised how immobile I was that first week. Quickly improved by about day 5, but the pain was much greater than the bypass surgery.

Advice. Thankfully my core was super strong so getting out of bed wasn't too bad. I rigged a cable system to help me get up into a seated position from being on my back. I hooked a heavy duty resistance band under the bed on one side and then across on the diagonal to the other leg (hooking two bands). I then would just do a curl and it gave me enough momentum to get upright. When I was leaving the hospital they told my wife to be ready to get up to help me out of bed during the night, etc. With that system, never had to disturb her. The doctor loved the idea and was going to mention to future patients. I would say that was the best thing I did to keep my independence. Other advice, take the pain meds for first few days!!! But recovery was good. They didn't need to nip or tuck anything. I healed cleanly all the way around, a good percentage don't and need minor adjustments. So I was glad that didn't happen.

Good luck. I'll try to find a pix of my pulley system if I still have it.

Sorry about what looks like dirt on the sheet. My wife let one of the dogs upstairs before wiping her off and she wanted to love me with dirty paws that morning. Got most of it off. The handle ended up in a position I could only use it to lay back down. I would just grab the orange section while I was laying down and pull without a handle.

HW 510 / SW 424/ GW 175 (secondary after PS) / CW 182

RNY November 2016

PS: L/R arm skin removal; belt panniculectomy - April, 2019

on 1/9/20 2:30 pm

Congrats! When is everything scheduled for? or has it already happened?

Liz J.
on 1/22/20 2:47 pm - Saint Louis, MO
DS on 11/29/16

Had to get re-approved and it came in this week. Date for first set is 2/10. I find out Friday what they are doing on the first surgery! This time they also approved the arm... I'm stunned to say the least and I have until May 2020 to get everything done.

HW: 398.8 SW:356 GW: 175 CW:147

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