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Protecting OHIP funded Panniculectomy Surgery at SGH.

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It is our understanding that Scarborough General Hospital is thinking of restricting access to OHIP funded panniculectomy surgery to those who live in the immediate catchment area of the Central East LHIN. This would mean that many patients who travel to Scarborough General for this all important surgery would, in the future, find this opportunity denied.


Why is this important? For a few very important reasons. OHIP funded panniculectomy is not a cosmetic procedure. This is a vital health issue that is a common problem with massive weight loss patients. These patients often suffer from severe rashes and infections, loss of mobility, and increase in back, hip and joint pain due to the excess of skin that results from losing 100+ lbs. This surgery can mean the difference between a continued life of restriction, and a life of freedom from pain and discomfort. Dr. Nandagopal specifically recognizes this medical value and supports patients in receiving OHIP funding.

Because of this, Dr. Nandogopal works very hard to apply for and secure OHIP funding for this vital procedure. Most Ontario plastic surgeons work on a strictly pay-for-fee model, and are unable or unwilling to apply, fight for and perform this surgery. Many surgeons tell patients that a panniculetomy is not a covered procedure, or that OHIP covers a minimal fee and refuse to perform the surgery without extreme "top-up" fees, sometimes as high as $10 000. Many patients who suffer from this debilitating condition cannot afford to "upgrade" to a full tummy tuck. Dr. Nandagopal is one of the few surgeons who will perform this surgery as covered by OHIP. By restricting this procedure by postal code, you will, in essence, be denying patients who live in other areas of Ontario this very beneficial procedure.

Lastly, it is well known that the skin of a massive weight loss patients is difficult to operate on successfully. Due to the excess stretching and skin damage, it is important that the surgeon have experience in post-weight loss patients to ensure a good result. Dr. Nandagopal has extensive experience in this area. Many patients are willing to travel in order to take advantage of this experience. They should not be forced to be experimented on by inexperienced doctors due to their postal code.

We hope you will consider the importance of these arguments when making your decisions. We are asking you to continue to allow Dr. Nandagopal to support us as patients, and continue to allow Dr. Nandagopal to change our lives for the better.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug 24, 2016
    Aug 24, 2016
    Anyone who commits to this life changing surgery should have access to the panni regardless of postal code.
  • Tori Pabian
    Tori Pabian Canada, Windsor
    Aug 24, 2016
    Aug 24, 2016
    No one should be blocked from this life changing surgery.
  • Kelly Martel
    Kelly Martel Canada, Mississauga
    Aug 24, 2016
    Aug 24, 2016
    Please do not put such a tight restriction on such an important procedure. When I needed something similar because of a problem with diastasis recti I went to a few local surgeons and none of them would touch me without cash. I had no choice as my tummy was protruding as if I were nine months pregnant and I had no time to waste. I will be paying off what was a necessity for my life for years to come. I pray they do not eliminate this for folks who live out of the immediate area.
  • Santina DeCaro
    Santina DeCaro Canada, Kitchener
    Aug 24, 2016
    Aug 24, 2016
    I have lost over two hundred pounds and kept it off, I've been waiting to make sure my weight is at a set stable place where I'm comfortable, I have waited for the right time, I only hope my waiting is not going to be at a loss for me, my extra skin restricts me in most ways than one with movements or running, therefore making it very difficult to work out to the best of my ability in ways I truly enjoy too,in order to keep healthy and continuing on with this lifestyle change !...
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