Speak with one of our weight loss experts
We specialize in bariatric surgery and other surgical solutions for those who have exhausted other weight loss options. You can trust our bariatric team to guide you every step of the way, from preparing for surgery through recovery and on to healthy living.
Bariatric surgery includes techniques that change the amount of food the stomach can hold. In turn, the body absorbs fewer calories and nutrients, which can result in dramatic weight loss.
Considering surgery for weight loss?
Our free weight loss surgery seminars are an opportunity for you to learn about surgical options in a safe and compassionate environment. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge to make the decision that’s right for you. We’ll help you evaluate your readiness for surgery, understand the types of bariatric procedures and navigate your insurance coverage.
Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
To qualify for bariatric surgery, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or have a BMI of 35 with other health issues related to obesity, with obesity being defined as being 100 pounds or more overweight.
These health issues might include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Infertility/polycystic ovary syndrome
- Lipid and cholesterol disorders
- Low back pain
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Physical disability
- Pulmonary embolism
- Shortness of breath/fatigue
- Varicose veins
How long will I have to wait for surgery?
There are several requirements you must meet before you can proceed with the actual surgical procedure.
Step 1 – Education
You will achieve better weight-loss success if you take an active role in learning about and planning your procedure. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about bariatric surgery. The best resource is our free weight loss surgery seminars, required by most insurance plans.
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Step 2 – Stop smoking
Smoking increases the chance of blood clots, pneumonia, heart attack, leaks and other complications after surgery. If you smoke, it’s time to improve your health. Kick the habit now.
Step 3 – Insurance coverage
An important step toward weight loss surgery is meeting all insurance requirements for coverage. Insurance providers and plans vary in coverage of bariatric surgery, so contact your insurance provider and ask for your policy information. Often, the insurance provider will have a strict list of requirements for you to meet before surgery can be scheduled.
Step 4 – Health screenings and evaluation
Many insurance companies require you to complete a psychological evaluation, medical evaluations, sleep studies or other screenings before you can schedule bariatric surgery. This will be part of the care plan designed for you, and we’re here to help you schedule these appointments.
Step 5 – Nutritional evaluation
Most insurance plans require you to take part in a dietary plan for three months before surgery will be approved. Speak with one of our bariatric team members to help you get started.
Step 6 – Meet your bariatric surgeon
Once you have completed all of the requirements of our program and your insurance provider, you’re ready to schedule a meeting with your surgeon to determine an effective type of surgery. When this meeting is complete, you’ll be able to schedule your surgery date.
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What are my bariatric surgery options?
All our bariatric procedures are laparoscopic, or minimally-invasive, and are performed by our bariatric surgeons.
You will need to call your local hospital to learn which of the below options are available in your area. The most common surgeries include