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Bariatric and Metabolic resources for a healthier life

Is weight loss surgery right for you?

SURGEON FINDER

GETTING STARTED WITH
BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC SURGERY

GETTING STARTED WITH BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC SURGERY

See if you qualify for weight loss surgery

Bariatric and metabolic surgery is often a complex decision, but with the right support and information, you can feel more confident about it.

These aren't all the steps you need to take, but they are some of the most important steps to help you get started.

1. Find out if you're a candidate for surgery

There are many different factors that affect a patient's ability to qualify for bariatric surgery. In general, a patient is eligible for bariatric surgery if:

  • Efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful
  • The patient's BMI is 40 or higher
  • The patient's BMI is 35 to 39.9, and they have a serious medical condition associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. In some cases, a patient may qualify for certain types of bariatric surgery if their BMI is 30 to 34 and they have serious obesity-related health problems.
  • Inability to lose weight, and keep it off, through traditional methods like diet and exercise
  • Ready to commit to a healthy, active lifestyle
  • No medical conditions that could cause serious complications during or after surgery
  • Knowledge and understanding of your options, and its benefits and risks
  • 18 years of age or older
Find out if you qualify for bariatric surgery
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2. Attend an information seminar

Often, your surgeon will require you to go to a seminar before you can even schedule a one-on-one consultation. It ensures you're well informed about your bariatric and metabolic surgery options as well as each procedure's benefits and risks.

Read more about the information seminars and find one near you.

3. Find out if your insurance covers bariatric and metabolic surgery

Bariatric and metabolic surgery is covered by 50% of health insurance plans, 90% of Medicare/Public/State plans, and 100% of Medicaid plans.31

Read more about your insurance coverage and what you can do if you're denied.

4. Find the right surgeon and a support team

Your surgeon and their staff will be with you throughout the procedure, and in the years to come, to help keep you on track. So take your time finding a well-qualified surgeon and a team that you feel comfortable and at ease with.

Read more about the importance of selecting the right surgeon for you.