Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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UW Health Surgical Weight Management surgeons perform bariatric surgery procedures for people who want to lose weight safely and effectively.
The following is basic insurance information regarding bariatric surgery.
- Please note that coverage varies widely, each employer may purchase a different plan and the information below may not apply to your individual plan.
- Please call your insurer or employer's benefits department for the most current and accurate information regarding coverage and requirements of your plan.
- If your insurance or employer changes at any time, please let us know as soon as possible as this can impact your coverage.
Am I a good fit for bariatric weight loss surgery?
- have significant health issues that would improve with weight loss?
- have a BMI of 35 or more with weight-related comorbidities? (Calculate your BMI)
- have a BMI of 40 or more without weight-related comorbidities? (Calculate your BMI)
Note that individual insurance plans may have specific requirements for bariatric surgery coverage not included above.
If you are an adult 18 years or older and answered YES to any of the above questions AND are a non-smoker (you must be tobacco- and nicotine-free for at least three months prior to pre-surgery education) then you are likely a good fit for bariatric weight loss surgery!
For information about pediatric weight loss, please contact UW Health’s Pediatric Fitness Clinic.
If you do not meet the requirements of bariatric weight loss surgery, we also offer non-surgical (metabolic) weight management options.
When will I be able to have surgery?
The program pathway is a minimum of seven consecutive monthly visits (all required), which include group and individual appointments.
What types of bariatric surgery does UW Health offer?
Do you offer revisional surgery?
Yes, our surgeons also perform revisional surgery if medically indicated for people who have had previous weight loss surgery.
Can my child have bariatric surgery?
Our program is designed for adults 18 year and older. For information about pediatric weight loss, please contact UW Health’s Pediatric Fitness Clinic.
Is this covered by my insurance?
- Insurance coverage for bariatric surgery is policy specific and not all policies provide coverage.
- We recommend that you call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card and ask if bariatric surgery is a covered benefit, and if there are any specific requirements for the surgery to be covered.
- It is important to understand your financial responsibilities before you begin this journey, so ask lots of questions!