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Bariatric surgery is a powerful tool that has been shown to reduce or even eliminate dangerous medical conditions over time. It can help you take control of your medical conditions and live the healthier life you want.

Address Life-threatening Medical Conditions Through Bariatric Surgery

If you have a combination of several of these conditions, you may meet the eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Cancers of the liver, pancreas, kidneys, endometrium, breast, colon, prostate, and many others
  • GERD
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Back and spine disorders
  • Urinary incontinence

Your Questions Answered

Why Choose Weight-loss Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a potentially lifesaving tool that can help you make real, long-lasting changes to your health and weight. Bariatric surgery changes the body's physiology, including the hormone signaling that causes excessive hunger and cravings for certain foods.

Am I Qualified for Bariatric Surgery?

To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must:

  • Have a history of trying other diet methods unsuccessfully, including medically supervised dieting.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more (100 pounds or more overweight) or have a BMI of 35 with one or more weight-related conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
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Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Most insurance plans cover bariatric surgery when used to correct serious medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. However, insurance plans vary regarding requirements for surgery and the amount of coverage provided. Our expert insurance verification team can help you check your plan's bariatric coverage. Metabolic and bariatric surgery is also a health expense that you can deduct from your income tax.

How Much Weight Could I Expect to Lose with Bariatric Surgery?

Weight loss varies depending on the type of procedure performed, plus other factors like your health and weight before surgery and how well you adopt new eating and exercise habits after your procedure. Usually, you can expect to lose weight quickly during the first few months and then pounds are shed more slowly. Maximum loss is typically about 60-85 percent of excess weight and takes about 12 to 18 months.

How Long Will I Need To Stay in the Hospital After Surgery?

Your hospital stay depends on the type of surgery you have. Typically, hospital stays after surgery are one to two days. After you leave the hospital, you'll be able to take care of your personal needs but will require help with other tasks, such as driving, lifting, and caring for children.

How Soon Can I Return to Work and Regular Activities After Surgery?

Your time away from your job depends on the type of surgery you have and the kind of work you do. Generally, you can expect to take two to four weeks off work following your surgery. During that time, your focus will be on establishing healthy eating and drinking habits. You should be back to regular activities in three to five weeks.

What Will Happen During My First Appointment? How Long Will It Take?

After you've attended our informational webinar and are ready to proceed, the next step will be an appointment with a surgeon. This appointment will take about two hours. Your surgeon's team will perform an extensive physical and evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a candidate for surgery.

What Changes Will I Need to Make After Surgery?

It's important to remember that weight loss surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, but keeping the weight off will depend on changing your eating and exercise habits for the rest of your life. That's why we offer a mind-and-body approach to surgical weight loss. Our team of experts will partner with you to help you adjust to the physical and emotional changes you can expect after your surgery.

Can I Get Pregnant After Weight Loss Surgery

We strongly recommend that women wait at least 12 to 18 months after surgery before becoming pregnant. It's safer for both you and the baby to hold off pregnancy until your nutritional needs have stabilized.

Insurance Requirements

A Letter of Medical Necessity and weight loss history is necessary to obtain prior authorization for obesity surgery. The letter states why significant weight loss is medically necessary for a patient and usually includes the following information:

  • Patient's weight (BMI more than 40 or more than 35 with severe associated medical problems to qualify)
  • List of medical problems associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, etc.
  • Number of years the patient has been overweight (which should be at least five or more)
  • Documentation of failed weight loss programs attempted for a minimum of 6 months in the past two years

Not every insurance carrier will cover bariatric surgery. If you're considering paying for the surgery on your own, please consider:

  • The money spent on the surgery may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor. After your tax refund, the surgery may come out to 2/3 the amounts listed above ($10,000 to $11,000). However, health care expenses incurred outside the United States are not deductible from your taxes.
  • You can have surgery right away without having to meet all insurance diet history requirements.


Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass



  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Up to a two-night stay at the hospital

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy



  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Up to a two-night stay at the hospital

BPD/DS - Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch



  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Up to a two-night stay at the hospital

SADI - Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal Bypass



  • Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Up to a two-night stay at the hospital

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