Getting the ducks all in a row

If you attend a local bariatric seminar they tell you all the requirements of the insurance companies. Some of the hoops they want you to jump thru, I think, are purely to see if you have the drive to see it thru but some things are excellent advice no matter where you have your surgery at. Such as which doctors you need to meet with and get check ups for. Doctors like a psychologist or therapist to deal with eating disorders. A cardiologist to check out your heart. A dietician to help with nutrients and supplements. If you have bowel issues they require a urologist to sign off. Etc.

With that in mind it’s a great idea to get your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to agree to follow up care and blood work. Unlike a local surgery you won’t be able to just pop in for a follow-up check up with your surgeon. You need someone who knows what’s going on that can help if there is a question or concern. You also need blood work every 3 months for the first year to keep an eye on vitamin and mineral levels in you. It’s also a good idea to have a full blood work panel done by your PCP before the surgery so you have a baseline.  I’m scheduled for mine on April 15th and it’s one more thing to check off the list!

Love and God’s blessings,

Sarah

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