The Bariatric Surgery Process: Steps Along the Journey to a New You
Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?
Weight loss surgery is a deeply personal, life-changing decision, but you're not alone. We want to provide you with the professional support you need to take back your life. Weight loss surgery requires a significant commitment from you.
Consider the following important questions before proceeding with a surgical weight loss procedure:
- Am I determined to lose weight and improve my health, even if it means making some big changes in my life?
- Are there any non-surgical weight loss options I am willing to consider?
- Do I completely understand the bariatric procedure and all of its effects?
- Am I ready to commit to a lifetime of change?
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A BMI helps our team better understand your current limitations. To determine which weight loss program you qualify for, please enter your height and weight to calculate BMI.
"The surgery is a tool. It was up to me to make the changes I needed to, to get my life back."
Having health insurance does not guarantee you will be covered for weight-loss surgery. Since the cost of these procedures can be expensive, most patients would not even consider it an option if it were not for insurance or low interest financing. Although weight-loss surgery is still considered an elective procedure, your insurance carrier may cover it. For this reason, it’s important that you fully understand what is and is not covered by your insurance provider. To assist you through this process, each surgeon’s office has an authorization specialist who will help you determine your insurance company’s requirements and submit you for coverage after you have met the criteria.
Once your surgeon’s office has submitted your claim, it’s a simple matter of waiting for your insurance provider to respond. At times it can be a frustrating and discouraging process, but don’t give up. If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. Being denied coverage for surgery happens to many patients, and this initial setback does not mean that you’ve reached the end of the road. Some insurance providers may initially deny bariatric surgery claims automatically the first time they’re submitted and can be more receptive to follow-up appeal letters.