I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I find an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..
I agree with Cindy on everything she said. My insurance also did not offer coverage for gastric sleeve, and in fact my surgeon does not offer to do it because RNY is the gold standard in the industry of Weight Loss.
I think I read something about sleeve being used as a stepping stone, a first.
For those with very high BMIs weighing 500+ lbs. Then later a full RNY would be done. The staging is to prevent major complications that can happen with these bigger folks. So in my experience sleeve was not an option for me. I carefully researched and went to seminars about both RNY and lapband, and my choice was RNY in the end. I've very happen with my decision, no complications, no regrets. 11 months post op now, and down 146 lbs!..
As mentioned above everyone has to make an informed decision. I did my.
And talked to my family doctor, his take only confirmed my decision of the sleeve. I am 2 weeks and 5 days out and have lost 53 lbs...only 100 more to go. I started at 388..
As most people have a tendency to slip from the very rigoris requirements of the bypass, over time you can run into serious problems that do not happen with the sleeve. Yes the weight loss is not as good as the bypass but the easier lifestyle afterwards is what swung me to the sleeve..
As it was explained to me by the surgeon, the stomach heals itself in 8 hours post op. If there is going to be a leak they will know in the first day or so. All of the procedures have some leak risk..
We will see at the 1 year mark how things are going and then decide if I made the right decision...
I also had a sleeve. I am almost 4 months post-op and have lost 61 pounds. My starting weight was 350, with a weight of 300 on the day of.
I am very happy with the results. I feel like a sleeve patient needs to hold themselves more accountable since there isn't normally dumping syndrome as bad...
The top reason for my opting for RNY is for the vast number of diabetics who have GBS the.
Is an immediate cure...
I also needed to make the same decision and have chosen the sleeve. Of course...insurance coverage is a huge factor, but I was fortunate enough to have been offered RNY, sleeve and.
With the help of my surgeon and nurse practitioner as well as lots of.
About the procedures, I decided on the sleeve. There is a lot of conflicting info out there because the sleeve is the new kid on the block. Like Callie said...it was originally for patients that had too much weight to lose to safely do the RNY. However, these same patients were losing large amounts of weight an some never had to have the second procedure. I personally chose it because I am a vegetarian and was concerned about malnutrition issues. I also was not blessed with the good pliant skin genes and a bit slower weight loss is just fine with me.
You need to make the choice that will be best for you....whatever it is. My advice is read...read...read! The more information you get, the better. :).
Just a little info on the sleeve..
Only here in North America is the sleeve a "new" procedure..
It has been used in South America and Europe for nearly 25 years..
How long does something have to be used before the insurance companies finaly figure out that it is OK..
Like laser eye.
, it was only a few years ago they decided to cover it but has been around for a long time with great results..
Just my 2 cents worth..
I am thinking some of you sleeve folks should start your very own Sleeve group on here.. I imagine with that procedure and the apparent differences.. you might be able to get better information as well...
According to the consulting surgeon for my r/l support group, Medicare now has a procedure code for the sleeve. Typically once they are on board the other insurers will fall in line. So much depends on if your company's health insurance carries a WLS rider...