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A word about insurance:
You might be surprised to learn that many insurance companies will cover the treatment of health problems caused by obesity but not obesity itself or that a conclusion that a particular service is medically necessary does not constitute a warranty that treatment is covered (i.e., will be paid for by your insurance) for a particular member. But in California, you can fight your insurance company's position if your treatment is medically necessary. So it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of what your insurance will cover prior to setting up a meeting with a bariatric surgeon.

In general, insurance companies require a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher. A BMI of 35+ may be allowed depending on the number and severity of the patient's related comorbidities.

Remember, surgery is a last resort treatment meaning you have tried and failed to change any one or combination of the following factors/treatments:

environmental/behavioral (dietary, physical exercise)
biological (pharmacological)

Where do I start?
We know how frustrating dealing with your insurance company can be. If you're from California, contact us and we will get your process started and attempt to verify your coverage for you! If you are from out of state, you will probably want to find a doctor near you.





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