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To start your weight loss surgery journey, attend a free surgery information class.

Health insurance coverage for weight loss surgery

Many insurance companies cover bariatric surgery. To find out about a specific plan, call the plan's customer service number – usually on the back of your insurance card – and request information about the plan coverage.

The surgeon's clinic works with each patient on an individual basis to aid in obtaining insurance pre-authorization.

Allina Health bariatric centers are certified by MBSAQIP, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Eligibility for weight loss surgery

Allina Health Bariatric Centers follow the criteria of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in patient selection and qualification.

You may qualify for weight loss surgery if you...

  • weigh 100 pounds more than the standard for height and sex as estimated by the Metropolitan Life Table or have a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or have a BMI greater than or equal to 35 and are receiving treatment for a condition associated with obesity, such as diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea
  • have documented weight loss attempts
  • have supportive family and friends who will help achieve a healthy weight goal
  • are well-informed about the surgery and lifestyle changes for recovery
  • understand and accept the risks of weight loss surgery
  • are committed to a healthy lifestyle that includes a regular exercise program for the rest of life
  • agree to be part of long-term follow up.

You are not eligible for weight loss surgery if you...

  • are alcoholic or have other chemical abuse issues
  • have an untreated psychiatric condition as determined by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist
  • have a correctable cause of obesity, such as thyroid disease
  • are unable to comply with instructions and program guidelines
  • have an unstable eating pattern related to medications
  • have uncontrolled binge eating disorder (BED) or other untreated eating disorder.

Source: American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Reviewed by: The Bariatric Centers of Allina Health
First Published: 07/18/2005
Last Reviewed: 07/18/2005