Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate?
If you are over 18 and have struggled with weight loss for several years (BMI greater than 30), you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Our team will work with you and your support network to determine a personalized plan of action to achieve and
maintain your health goals.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Some insurance companies cover bariatric surgery services dependent on the patient’s BMI. Many insurance companies see the long-term benefit that bariatric procedures can provide for patients, including a decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Our billing team will work with you and your insurance plan to help you understand all costs prior to the procedure. We also have reasonable self-pay options for our patients. Please contact your insurance company first and ask the questions on
this worksheet (Spanish & English PDF) before making your first appointment.
What makes the bariatric weight loss program at UTMB different?
We understand that weight loss is a personal journey that requires cohesive support. Bariatric procedures are a possible step within that journey and can help patients to achieve fantastic results. Here at UTMB, we offer a full spectrum of healthcare
support at every stage of your journey, from changing nutritional needs to mental health guidance, and even have a bariatric surgery support group where patients can share bariatric-friendly recipes, tips for success, and personal experiences.