I had gastric sleeve sx 12/2015 and I am now scheduled for a panni. SW 223, CW 160, GW 150
My insurance bcbs has approved the panniculectomy. I have a preauthorization for the bariatric surgeon to perform the procedure and I also have a preauth with a plastic surgeon.
The plastic surgeon would be performing a full abdominoplasty "Tummy Tuck." The bariatric surgeon, Panniculectomy only.
I do not have a huge pannus and I consulted with another plastic surgeon who actually told me that I didn't even have a pannus. Anyway, the bariatric surgeon is who I am leaning toward and I already have the surgery scheduled for the end of next month with him. ONLY because, if I go with the plastic surgeon I must pay everything up from front ($7800) and whatever insurance reimburses is returned to me at a later date. NO ONE is able to tell me how much bcbs will reimburse for the panni... I have talked to everyone involved, including the insurance company on several occasions. The plastic sx stated that the reimbursement would range from $1,500-3K, thus at best case scenario, I would be out-of-pocket close to $5K. If money wasn't an issue, I would totally go with the plastic surgeon! I really would like to have the full package with abdominoplasty.
The bariatric sx that would be doing the panni def leaves you with a belly button. He also seemed very confident that I would be satisfied with the results. I really want to believe this!
Has anyone had a panniculectomy performed by a bariatric surgeon? If so, I would love to hear from you. Has anyone had panni and wish they had tummy tuck?
Thanks so much!!