Waiting is the hardest part

on 8/15/14 4:57 am

I have jumped through all the hoops that my insurance requires. I have lost 24lbs when my surgeon said 20 and everything was submitted to insurance on Monday. Im trying to hold still waiting for the approval to come through.

Does anyone know if there is an average for how long insurance takes to approve? I have BCBS Federal. Another girl at work said hers took a week and a half.

Just curious.

on 8/15/14 5:00 am - Seattle , WA
RNY on 08/05/14 with

I have BCBS of IL and mine took a week and a half.

on 8/15/14 5:08 am - MN
RNY on 11/26/12

Insurance required what I thought was a long, six-month waiting period.  Then, boom ! the go-ahead and surgery date was all within a couple of weeks of each other.  That's when I wanted time to stand still !   

on 8/15/14 5:19 am
RNY on 07/28/14

Seems like somewhere between two days and two weeks is normal. 

on 8/15/14 5:21 am
RNY on 01/06/15

I was anticipating a two week wait, like my surgeon's office said. However, my approval came in less than 24 hours. No pre-surgical stipulations (diet monitoring/weight loss). I have Anthem BCBS.

Highest Weight: 412 | Day of Surgery: 385 | Current: 341
Surgery Date: 1/6/2015 



on 8/15/14 5:55 am

Wow! 2 days thats amazingly fast! I would be really happy if I got a call today, that would be 5 days but I'm guessing it will be next week sometime. I'm just so ready to get the surgery done!


on 8/15/14 5:53 am

I have Aetna and my wife and I both took just under 2 weeks from the time they submitted all the paperwork till we got ins approval.



HW: 440.5  RNY 2/18 (Feb - 27, Mar -21, Apr -11, May -15.5, Jun - 12, Jul -14.5, Aug -9, Sept -11, Oct 6.2)

Friends K.
on 8/15/14 7:22 am
RNY on 01/14/14

It isn't the hardest part! There lots of harder steps ahead!


 5'4" SW=285 PreOp=-13 (surgery @272#,1/14/14), 2week=-12 (260#), 1M=-20 (252#), 2M=-9.5(242.5#), 3M=-18 (224#), 4 M =-10 (214#), 5 M=-11 (202#) 6 M=-11(190.5), 7M=-7.5 (183), 8 M=-6 lbs (177) 9M=-5 (172) 10M=-7.5 (164.5#)




on 8/15/14 8:28 am
RNY on 07/11/14

I also have Anthem BCBS and it was immediate for me.  


It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.



Sherrie P.
on 8/15/14 12:10 pm
RNY on 02/06/13

I have BCBS ... my denial came through in less than 48 hours!!

Then I had to appeal and I was approved on day 30 of 30 -- the last possible day.

Revision Lapband to RNY 2-6-2013   HW: 286  Pre-Op Diet: 277  Surgery Day: 265  Goal: 155  CW: 155

Plastic surgery 8/28/2014: Brachioplasty, mastopexy, & abdominoplasty.

Plastic surgery 1/27/2015: Butt Lift