Thursday, February 13, 2014

Port Revision

Scheduled!

And...Insurance Approved!

So, I will be going under the knife again on March 10th to have my Lap Band put back to it's 'like-new' condition!

I don't even know what tricks my doctor's office employed to get the insurance company to approve it, but I'm so happy they did!

Now, when I originally discussed this with my PA, she told me it wasn't possible for them to do a port revision with a low-profile port because the only way to get one would be to open a whole Lap Band kit...but I know from lots of blog reading that some of you out there have had port revision from a standard port to a low-profile port for cosmetic reasons, so I KNOW it is possible to get one!

So...being the astute and persistent person I am, I called up Apollo Endosurgery this morning (the company that bought the rights to LB), and asked.  Guess what?  The low-profile port CAN be ordered separately and only takes two days to arrive.  So yeah, I'll be getting one of those.  I really did not want to go from having the low-profile port currently to a larger, more protruding port after the revision!


That's a big difference in sizes!

So, now that that's taken care of, I guess I need to mentally prepare to go back on that liquid diet post-surgery phase for a while and not be allowed to exercise hard for a bit.

That will be really very hard for me.  Bootcamp has been a huge source of stress relief lately and I'm going to seriously miss it!

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Good for you for looking into the lower profile port- that really is a big difference! The liquid diet is going to stink, but it will be well worth it in the end! So happy for you!

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  2. So glad you got it covered by insurance, and the type of port you want! I'm sorry I'm out of the loop- what is the reason for the revision? Is it just for the smaller port, or have you had issues? Also glad it sounds like it will be done relatively soon. :)

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    1. Hi Cheri! Unfortunately I have a leak. We are guessing/hoping it is in the port and this port revision will take care of my problem. I've been getting 1.0-1.5 CC fills every 2 weeks and when I go back every 2 weeks it is somehow gone!!

      I was given the low-profile port in my original surgery, so I didn't want to have to exchange it for a big clunky one now. Thankfully it looks like I wont have to.

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    2. Thanks for explaining. How frustrating to have to go for fills every two weeks! I certainly hope this revision fixes the problem - that is going to make your life so much better!, and good for you being astute and persistent and getting the RIGHT port you want and need!! :-)

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