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Getting Started

How to get started

The process leading up to bariatric surgery varies depending on each person’s medical history and insurance requirements.  Please review the process below for additional information.

Appointment Scheduling

Please register for our Free Educational Seminar via the form here. Once we have reviewed your information and are able to verify your insurance, a team member will contact you to set up an appointment for an evaluation and your schedule your educational seminar. You will be required to complete this seminar, either in-person at our facility, or online, to proceed to the next step.


The evaluation appointment is scheduled for about two weeks after we call you. After that visit, you will be scheduled for:

  • A nutrition assessment.
  • A psychological evaluation.
  • A weight management program (if your health insurance requires this).
  • Additional medical tests, as determined by the surgeon.
  • Your medical record will be reviewed. After all your tests are completed you will learn whether the clinic’s surgeon/physician assistant has cleared you for surgery.
  • Your case is sent to your insurance carrier for approval.
  • After the insurance company approves the surgery, your pre-operative appointments and surgery will be scheduled.

Insurance & Financing

We will screen your health history to make sure you are an appropriate candidate and our Insurance Team will make sure you meet the criteria set forth by your insurance policy. Assuming you meet all criteria, we will call to schedule your first appointment, where you will receive a personalized benefits form that will estimate, to the best of our abilities, your total out-of-pocket expenses. You will also need to complete a seminar, either in-person at our facility, or online.

Insurance FAQs

Most insurance plans require that your BMI be 35 or higher. However, if your BMI is between 30 – 35, many insurance providers will also accept/cover services if you have a life-threatening medical condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea.

Register for our FREE Educational Seminar!

Ready to take the next step in your weight loss journey?
Get started by registering for our free online seminar or give us a call at 606.451.4011.

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