CJireh

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So I have completed all my presurg visits and was anxious to schedule my surgery ASAP (and in my mind I have already planned it for around the NJ school break in Nov) and yet, I was diagnosed with MILD sleep apnea.  My surgeon's office was trying to see if they could get my sleep dr not to REQUIRE me to get a CPAP, but it failed.  Today I got the return call from my surgeon that they (sleep) ARE going to insist I get it before they can clear me.  I know there is a mild risk but I can't find any literature on a CPAP increasing your success with MILD SA.  My insurance pays 70% of the CPAP but I have read they are expensive...I am going to call during lunch but don't expect to actually get all of the info I need during the call bc I never get through, just leave VM.  Anyway, my issue is besides how much longer it will take, is my husband's position was downsized this summer and although he has a great severance package, we don't have his money coming in after January unless he gets another job and it feels selfish to take the money we have and use it on this stupid machine.  He said to just do it but it feels like I shouldn't be so selfish and what if we end up needing that money and I am sleeping with it strapped to my face?!?! :( I feel like I should just shelve the whole surgery until we know where we stand with him getting a new job....the hardest part about that though is that right now the insurance we have (they are covering 6 mos of COBRA for us) covers the surgery 100% w/ no copay and no hoops to jump through (just what the dr requires and the copays for specialists which is only $20)....so I am trying to weigh the pros and cons.  *sigh*

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Have you looked into hiring a CPAP and just purchasing your own mask? I know it is commonly done here in Australia where we pay even more for CPAPs (I believe they are more than twice the cost here) than they cost in the US. While I wouldn't normally recommend hiring medical equip due to inflated costs, in your situation where you'll likely only need it for a couple of months, it might be the answer to your problem. I know some companies here hire machines as a try before you buy kind of thing.

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I just looked into it, thanks for your recommendation.  I found them for $119/month....that might not be too bad if I only needed it for a few months!  Thanks for the idea!

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4 hours ago, CJireh said:

I just looked into it, thanks for your recommendation.  I found them for $119/month....that might not be too bad if I only needed it for a few months!  Thanks for the idea!

Glad to help. If your aponea is only mild your should be able to return the CPAP as soon as you're out of hospital. Afterall they won't undo your surgery just because you handed back the machine.....all you have to do is comply with their demands until the surgery happens.

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Just rent.

Best treatment is weight loss.

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Renting sounds like a good plan. It's not fun if you've got some (expensive) hoops to jump through, but in the end, you will be buying yourself a better (and longer) future on this earth. It's investment in your health and well-being.

I hope everything else goes smoothly! :) 

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I borrowed mine from a friend that didn't use his.  I couldn't stand it and gave it back.  Don't understand why they would make you use one . Especially if you are not able to sleep with it anyways. 

 

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9 hours ago, Aussie H said:

Glad to help. If your aponea is only mild your should be able to return the CPAP as soon as you're out of hospital. Afterall they won't undo your surgery just because you handed back the machine.....all you have to do is comply with their demands until the surgery happens.

Please don't do this if you are going to use narcotic pain meds.  Even mild sleep apnea can be deadly when combined with the respiratory depression of narcotics (or alcohol for that matter).  It may feel like unnecessary hoops to us (believe me, I didn't want to do it either!) but they do this for a reason.

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On 9/13/2017 at 10:11 AM, CJireh said:

So I have completed all my presurg visits and was anxious to schedule my surgery ASAP (and in my mind I have already planned it for around the NJ school break in Nov) and yet, I was diagnosed with MILD sleep apnea.  My surgeon's office was trying to see if they could get my sleep dr not to REQUIRE me to get a CPAP, but it failed.  Today I got the return call from my surgeon that they (sleep) ARE going to insist I get it before they can clear me.  I know there is a mild risk but I can't find any literature on a CPAP increasing your success with MILD SA.  My insurance pays 70% of the CPAP but I have read they are expensive...I am going to call during lunch but don't expect to actually get all of the info I need during the call bc I never get through, just leave VM.  Anyway, my issue is besides how much longer it will take, is my husband's position was downsized this summer and although he has a great severance package, we don't have his money coming in after January unless he gets another job and it feels selfish to take the money we have and use it on this stupid machine.  He said to just do it but it feels like I shouldn't be so selfish and what if we end up needing that money and I am sleeping with it strapped to my face?!?! :( I feel like I should just shelve the whole surgery until we know where we stand with him getting a new job....the hardest part about that though is that right now the insurance we have (they are covering 6 mos of COBRA for us) covers the surgery 100% w/ no copay and no hoops to jump through (just what the dr requires and the copays for specialists which is only $20)....so I am trying to weigh the pros and cons.  *sigh*

I think, in the long run, you will get off cheaper renting the cpap machine for a couple of months, than you would if you had large copay for the WLS. But since your surgery is covered 100%, I think it's totally worth spending the money for the cpap. Plus, it's a lot safer to have it in the hospital...especially if you are prone to stop breathing under sedation. A lot of people with sleep apnea are at higher risk of that, more so than the average WLS patient. I wouldn't look at it as being selfish, not one bit. Maybe if you were getting plastics or a boob job, that is another story. There are a lot of pros to doing this. I know finances are a huge issue with this surgery, but you have to look at it as improving your health and mobility immensely, and you will add years to your life by dumping the excess weight and getting healthy!! 

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Renting does sound like the best plan for you. There is a good chance that you will no longer have mild OSA or need the machine shortly after your surgery. Good luck!

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11 hours ago, tracyringo said:

I borrowed mine from a friend that didn't use his.  I couldn't stand it and gave it back.  Don't understand why they would make you use one . Especially if you are not able to sleep with it anyways. 

 

I totally understand why they want you to use a cpap if you have sleep apnea. You can develop serious cardiac problems from lack of oxygen, and you don't want that! That being said, when I was diagnosed, they hooked me up with a cpap, and I'm so claustrophobic that I was only able to use it a couple of hours each night. I eventually gave up because it was just too much. So I know where you're coming from. My hubby has one, and he used it for a while. But after he lost 40 pounds, he didn't need it anymore. I can't remember the last time I heard him snore...a big score for me too!! Lol :) 

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