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Old 07-09-2002, 11:40 PM   #13
CoffeeWench
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Sherry,

A general rule of thumb is 100 lbs overweight or more (or a BMI of 40+). They also do patients with BMIs of 35+ if 2 or more co-morbidities exist (sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, etc).

If you want insurance to pay you kind of have to fall in that area.

I do however know people who've gone to Mexico (cheap and better surgeons) and they only had 60-80 lbs to lose. But most US docs wouldn't consider anything other than the above.

Robin
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