Do you qualify?
Do you have a BMI of 35 with 2 co-morbidities or BMI of 40 or
Use the Mayo Clinic's Body Mass Index calculator,
The Cleveland Clinic has a list of common
Find out if your insurance covers weight loss surgery
Call a local bariatric surgeon and ask. They will
call and check for you.
Or… Go to ObesityCoverage.com and use their insurance checker tool.
Find a couple potential surgeons.
Visit websites, ask friends, primary care physicians, get on
Attend a seminar.
The surgeons that you came up with in Step 3 should have a way
to register for an in-person seminar on their website.
Or… Watch an online seminar if it's an option.
Even better… Check if they have an app in the app store. Many of
these have online seminars and easy steps to get started.
After the seminar, choose one or more surgeons that you liked and
call them to set-up a consultation.
Be prepared with questions to ask - this is a great list,
Letter of Medical Necessity
Your primary care phsyician or other provider can write you a
letter of medical necessity.
Dr. Matthew Weiner has a great PDF available to print at
Your bariatric surgeon's office will submit your paperwork. Stay
on top of this process with phone calls to check in.
Psych Test, Labs, and Medically Supervised Diets
Check with your bariatric surgeon for local providers.
Once approved, choose a surgery date. Plan on taking at least 2
weeks off of work.
Stay motivated, focused and engaged.
Download the Baritastic App. Search major app stores for
Why? It's free and you can access forums, hear interviews, access
recipes, lose more weight and keep it off.