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Discussion in 'Revisions' started by MarineWife13, Jun 13, 2017.

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    MarineWife13

    MarineWife13 New Member

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    I spoke with the bariatric team at fort Gordon and they stated they don't do the DS surgery. I contacted my insurance and they said id I had Tricare standard things would go very easy for me. Thanks for replying.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    I totally agree with you, they gave me the run around just by simply asking questions. I guess this makes a long journey.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    Hi larra, nice talking with you again. No doctors ever checked why I lost so little weight. Tomorrow I am finally having an upper GI but the this is I want the DS but they don't perform it on base and Tricare is already fighting me with only questions.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    I have your inbox message thank you very much! I will be fighting tooth and nail to get the DS. I will be taking your advice as well, thanks again.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    Thank you very much for the information.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    Hello all. I'm so new and posting a reply so it seems very unorganized. I really hope I replied to everyone correctly. I do have a question, if I cant get the DS what would be another option for a gastric bypass revision?
     
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    Larra

    Larra Well-Known Member

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    I think the upper GI will answer that question. If there is something technically amiss with the gastric bypass you already have, there may be some kind of revision that would help you. But if it looks like it's supposed to look, there would be no point in revising it. Some surgeons with convert a proximal bypass, which is almost certainly what you have now, to a distal bypass, but studies have shown this results in minimal additional weight loss. Some try ERNY (the E stands for extended) where they go really distal, but this combines all the drawbacks of gastric bypass with the negative features of the DS and can be very hard to live with.

    Let's see what the upper GI study shows. But bottom line, even if you have to fight to get a DS, it's worth the fight, even if you have to travel, it's worth the inconvenience, and even if it takes longer, it's worth the wait. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    I hade my upper GI done yesterday and waiting for the results. I found that Augusta university medical perform the DS but "not often"
     
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    Larra

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    Let us know what the upper GI shows. It may make a difference in what you plan next.

    I've never heard of Augusta university doing any DS, and what you need to remember is that you aren't looking for a DS, you are looking for a RNY to DS revision. I bet they've never done one of those at all. It is a much more difficult and higher risk operation than a virgin DS, and going somewhere where some surgeon maybe does one "not often" would be a dangerous plan, if they even agreed to do it at all.
     
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    MarineWife13

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    Augusta University medical center stated that the ray to ds revision is something they rarely do because of the complications rate. They even tried to get me to think about other surgeries instead. I got in touch with Dr. Add to dictionary and my insurance (Tricare) said they will not cover me because I live in the state of GA and not CA. I do have a $200 video consult with Dr. K but then the lady I spoke with said it's the doctor's decision if he revised the RNY to the DS....... I'm feeling so defeated at this time.
     
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    Larra

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    Tricare is something I know almost nothing about, so hopefully someone else will know more. In my ignorance, I don't know why what state you live in would have anything to do with you being covered or not. Or, would a state other than CA make a difference? Dr. Elariny in VA also does RNY to DS revisions and is very well regarded. Also Dr. Ayoola in Denton, TX. Maybe that helps, maybe not.
     
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    southernlady

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    Boyce in TN is also on the list of RNY to DS revisions.
     

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