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  1. Hola @NerdyToothpick Thanks for asking! I am way closer to the possibility. I have saved and saved every penny and think I may be looking at the end of March. I’m going to be in touch with the nutritionist this week to see what she needs me to do and if all goes as I’m hoping I may be sleeved in a month or two! How are you?!
  2. Devastated

    I’m so sorry. I’m sending you hugs and positive vibes. I can only imagine how you must feel. Know that you are strong and taking control of your life. You are the opposite of what he’s claiming. You are worth this struggle and will see happier days ahead of you soon. Please feel free to message me if you’d like someone to talk to.
  3. @NerdyLady Thank you so much! It's really nice to have people to talk to about this, who don't have judgements and are so supportive. It feels like a blessing.
  4. Hey all. I'm not sure if there is a better place to post this, but I have a tiny update. I was able to have a phone consultation with the Clinic/Hospital I want to have my surgery in. Their current special price ends end of Sept. Since I'm overseas and have been talking to their people via email for weeks, they have agreed to extend the time frame for their special price (which is about $9000). So nothing is set in stone yet, but there is a good chance I may be able to have my surgery in January!! I wish it could be tomorrow but, since I'm paying 100% out of pocket, I need some time to save money like I've never saved before. I want to try my hardest to have the amount so I don't take out loans for not only the obvious interest but, if I can pay cash, I may be able to negotiate an even better price! Which will be great since the pre op exams are not included in the $9000 special. Like I said, it's a small update but I'm so excited to feel like I've taken my first step forward. Please wish me luck that I am able to generate the income to make this dream a reality! Have a great night everybody!
  5. Wow! I'm so pleasantly surprised, not only at the amount of responses you all gave but how encouraging this community is! I am so grateful to all of you. I feel lucky to have found thinner times forum! I have reached out to 3 different surgeons/hospitals in Santiago so far. Only one has been very responsive. I'm waiting to get a call from them to discuss payment plans. I'm really hoping they have some kind of system to where I can start paying now and lock in the price because the hospital's bariatric unit is having a special which knocks about $1,500 off the reg price. until Sept 30th. I still need to find out what the grand total of approximately $9,000 includes (pre op exams, post op exams, nut etc) so please wish me luck that I can work something out. It is a very nice hospital, my Dad has traveled there for 2 major surgeries before and he highly recommends/wants me to go there even if other reputable hospitals in the area offer less money. I trust his opinion, so like I said, I'm hoping I can lock in that special price and start making payments now, even if I have to wait 4 months or so before I can pay it off for surgery. We shall see!
  6. SydSleeve, you are the best! Thank you so much! I'd really appreciate that. My BMI is under 40 too (36), so hopefully I can get a better idea of what I'll be told once I find/can afford my surgery, based on your experience. (I realize everyone's experience is different, though.)
  7. Hi Toya! Nice to meet you too. I am also trying to focus on healthier habits, for sure. My biggest hurdle (other than financial) is going to be to quit smoking cigarettes. But I know it's something I have to do if I want the surgery, and just overall for a healthier lifestyle. About the cost, yes. It's much less expensive in Chile. It's even cheaper in Mexico but at the end of the day, I wouldn't have anyone who would be able to travel with me, or know how to get around, etc. In Chile I have a bunch of family, 4 of which have had bariatric surgery. 3 of them had by-pass over 10 years ago (maybe closer to 20) & one just had the VSG about a year ago. I've also reached out to a clinic. I'm waiting to hear back now. Hope you have a good day. Let's chat some more in the evening!
  8. Hi there. I was wondering what your pre-pre op diet was? I've been told that when the insurance companies are excluded, there are many things that aren't required.. just wondering what the different experiences were like out there. I don't have insurance and most people seem to have been covered. I'd love to hear some experiences and what your process was like and how pre-op was handled for the non-insured. Thank you in advance!
  9. VSG abroad PreOp advice

    Thank you Res! I appreciate the info!
  10. Surgery scheduled!

    I'm so glad your experience abroad was a good one. I too feel very confident that the surgery would go well, I just wasn't sure how easy it would be to handle to preop part and what's required being so far away from the surgeon. Can I ask, did you have any pre existing conditions? Or any type of testing done before hand to figure it would be safe for you physically? I haven't been to a doctor in a very long time, but a year ago I did just get a urine analysis done and don't seem to have high cholesterol or blood pressure. I am however a smoker. I know these are all questions I can and will ask my surgeon, but figured I'd ask how your experience and mind set was anyway. Thanks for sharing and responding to my post, btw!
  11. Hi I'm at the very beginning of my journey too. Hopefully I can get more information this week and feel like I really am started on the journey. If I am able to get WLS it'll have to be abroad since I have no insurance here in the states. I live in Miami, Fl but will likely have my surgery in Santiago, Chile. I'd love to be your buddy and find out more about you. It would be nice to have someone to talk to about all this. Especially since we're both so new to it.
  12. VSG abroad PreOp advice

    Hi guys. I'm new to thinner times and have just in the last 2 weeks begun to seriously consider VSG. I am not insured and wouldn't be able to have the surgery in the states. However, I'm looking into going to Chile to have the surgery performed. My family is from there and 4 of them have had gastric by-pass. They're on vacation right now so I can't reach them, but I figure I'd ask on here, has anyone else had surgery abroad? If so, how did the pre-op journey go. Do you have skype appointments with your surgeon? How do they approve you and verify you're a candidate? (Bloodwork, organ strength etc). Any info would be appreciated. Thank you!