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Weight loss support
To start your weight loss surgery journey, attend a
Weight loss surgery support groups
It helps to know you're not alone. We encourage you and your family to gain support not only from our bariatric experts, but also from others going through similar experiences.
To find a support group in your area, go to Events and Classes and search under the topic "Weight loss surgery." Using your ZIP code will give you the support groups and classes closest to your home.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a ratio of your height and weight. While there are other factors to consider, BMI is one measurement of health, and a factor in eligibility for weight surgery.
Online forums and tools
These independent resources support patients on their journey before and after their surgery. These sites are not affiliated with Allina Health.
Eligibility for weight loss surgery may vary by insurance provider. Please check with your provider to see if you meet these criteria. Here are some helpful links to insurance requirements and other weight loss surgery resources:
Aetna - Clinical Policy Bulletin: Obesity Surgery
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota - Medical and Behavioral Health Policy Manual - Surgery for Morbid Obesity
Empire BlueCross BlueShield - Medical Policies
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois - Medical Policies
Horizon BlueCross BlueShield of New Jersey - Medical Policy Manual
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield - Surgery for Clinically Severe Obesity Criteria
Cigna - Healthcare Coverage Position for Bariatric Surgery
Healthpartners - Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity Criteria
Medica - Utilization Management Policy - Gastrointestinal Surgery for Morbid Obesity
United Health Care - Bariatric surgery medical policy