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    Gastric Sleeve Member Ivarae's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default How long for insurance?

    Hi there i was wondering in MA how long after you get everything done you need to do and see the surgeon one last time, how long does insurance take to approve you? I have Mass Health. I don't have a date yet but I'm holding for a week after I see the doc. Fingers crossed. :D



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    Gastric Sleeve Member RehabNurse's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    04/20/2015
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    Default Re: How long for insurance?

    I'm not in MA. I am insured by Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO. Here was my timeline:

    1. Late October 2014: first consultation
    2. Late December 2014: approval letter received from insurance company
    3. Early February 2015: date of surgery (however, this date fell through because I failed my cardiac clearance with the exercise physiologist; I didn't actually get sleeved until late April 2015).


    10/23/14 Initial Consult 200 lb, 5'1 tall
    4/6/15 Highest Wt 225 (yes: 25 lb gain)
    4/20/15 Surgery Wt 218, BMI 41

    1 mo 203.0 -15
    2 mo 190.5 -12.5
    3 mo 184.5 -6
    4 mo 177.0 -7.5
    5 mo 171.0 -6
    6 mo 164.5 -6.5
    7 mo 157.5 -7
    8 mo 152.5 -5
    9 mo 149 -3.5
    10 m 143 -6
    11 m 142 -1
    1 yr 138.5 -3.5
    13 m 133 -5.5
    14 m 128 -5
    15 m 125 -3
    16 m 121 -4
    17 m 120 -1
    18 m 118 -2

    Dec '17: BMI 23.5; consumes 2000+ kcal/day

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    Gastric Sleeve Member kleb42's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Kelly
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    02/22/2016
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    Default Re: How long for insurance?

    I also have Ma Health and I've been told that it takes a few weeks, but like anything it could vary. Hope it goes well! I just have to do my 4 week nutrition class and then I will in the process of approval...finally!



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