Panniculectomy denial

Oct 07, 2019

Hello everyone!

 It has been sometime since I posted on this website. I had gastric bypass ruin Y in January 2017. I have lost 130 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for the last two years. I look and feel great! The gastric bypass bypass was life-changing for me.

This question is for Canadians coveted by OHIP.

 I have had a consult with a plastic surgeon. He put in all the paperwork for the panniculectomy. Ultimately,  I’m going to have a complete abdominal plasty.  Pay the difference.   The problem is OHIP has denied the authorization to cover cost.  My panni hangs half over my mons pubis (mons Venus).  I hate how it sits in my lap while on the toilet.    I have had rash/excoriation & odour.  I have purchased just about every over the counter sprays and powders to keep the area clean.  Without too much success.  I wear compression panties to hold it in but that is ultimately causing irritable bowel from the intestinal compression.  I have gone back to see the surgeon.   The biggest problem for me is that the Panis doesn’t hang well below the pubis symphysis. We have appealed the decision.   I submitted a well written letter to the appeal board.    My question is has every anyone ever been denied a panniculectomy and then ultimately the appeal reversed the decision?

I am feeling frustrated!


Possible Post-Op Complications

Nov 26, 2016

Hello everyone!

Every surgery has it's risks...

I am worried about the possibility of post-op complications.  

Has anyone experienced any?

ie. gastric leaks, infection, bowel obstruction, vomiting, prolonged hospital stay

It has been the only thing that has held me back for years.

I am now jumping in with both feet and believing this is what is best for me.

I am trying to be positive and I hope everything will be okay.

I am a widow and always worry about my sons and how this surgery will affect their lives.

Thanks for sharing all your experiencing on this forum.

I appreciate your insight and support...

Thank you & Mahalo





Nov 20, 2016

I am 52 years old and I am a widow with 3 sons.

I began this journey almost one year ago.  I have spent a life time looking after my family and everyone else.  Now it is time to take care of myself. I am not feeling the greatest and I am tired of lugging around all this excess weight.  I have chronic pain issues and I am hoping this journey will help me reach my goal to better health and happiness.  I am being followed at the weight management clinic at the Ottawa Hospital and awaiting surgery for the Roux En Y Gastric Bypass.

Consultation Weight Management Clinic -Ottawa Hospital.  December 10th/15. Information session April 25/16. Consultation Weight Management Clinic, Nurse Practitioner June 9th/16.     Pre-surgical Class #1 August 8th,16. Behaviourist/Nutritionist Sept.29/16.  Pre-surgical Class #2 October 13/16. Signed surgical consent October 19-16.                                            Roux En Y Gastric Bypass date January 4th, 2017.


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