Considering Gastric Sleeve?? Take a look at the checklist.

The process and preparation for gastric sleeve can be long and tedious with a long list to do prior to surgery. Every scenario is different- it can be influenced by several factors such insurance, money, health and doctors. Every insurance plan has different guidelines and requirements and copays and deductibles also vary, some are very doable, while others are very high. I’ve heard some cases where some people just pay $500 copays, while others, like me, pay $5000 copays. So, if you or a family member is considering bariatric procedure, you must first consider several factors. First and foremost, you need to check insurance benefits, nowadays, most insurance plans cover bariatric procedures. Once your eligibility is confirmed, the surgeon’s office will give you the long list of things to do.

This is the list that was given to me 5 months prior to surgery consisted of insurance and Surgeon Requirements.

Insurance Requirement checklist

  • 90 days Medically Supervised Diet
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Nutritional Evaluation
  • $5000 copay

Surgeon’s Clearance Checklist 

  • Sleep Study
  • Stress Test
  • Nutritional Evaluation
  • EGD
  • Second Consultation ( After insurance approval)

My insurance plan required at least 90 days of medically supervised diet, some plans require up to 6 months, that means I had to visit the dietician at least 4 times, one per month, in order for the surgeon’s office to send the paperwork to the insurance for approval. During that period of time, I needed to lose weight or at least maintain the same weight from the first visit, if weight is gained during this period of time, the insurance would have denied the surgery.

During those three months I had my schedule full of doctor’s appointments in order to complete my checklists. I visited the psychologist, I had stress test, sleep study and towards the end an EGD. The process was time consuming and even thought I had an insurance plans, copays and deductibles add up, but I was ready to have the surgery and nothing else mattered.

 

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After the Sleep Study was performed, I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. I had to use this mask every night prior to surgery.

 

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I never really liked the mask, it was very uncomfortable to sleep with it.
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During my stress test. I had to breath in and out and ride a bicycle.
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Mandatory blood work prior to surgery.
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Prior to EGD Procedure.

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