The Steps

Step 1 – Schedule New Patient Visit

Your first visit will be with the bariatric surgeon and bariatric dietitian. You will also meet with the preoperative nurse to review required medical testing. Contact our office at 410-601-4486 to schedule your new patient visit. If you require a referral to see a specialist, contact your primary care physician and have the referral sent to our office prior to your appointment.

To get the most out of your new patient visit and learn about the surgical options available to you, we recommend that you attend one of our information sessions about bariatric surgery. Visit our Community Calendar or call 410-601-WELL (9355) to get an up-to-date listing of available seminars. The online webinar can be found here.

Step 2 – Verify Your Insurance

Contact your insurance company to see if your plan covers weight loss surgery. Every insurance carrier and individual plan varies. Some plans may require you to lose a specific amount of weight before you are covered; other plans may require a significant out-of-pocket expense.

It is up to you to determine the benefits provided under your medical plan. The code for bypass is 43644, sleeve is 43843, and gastric banding is 43770.  Speak with your insurance company to learn more about your coverage for each of these procedures. After you have met all the criteria for insurance approval, our office will submit your claim to your insurance carrier.

Step 3 – Complete Medical Testing and Weight Loss Documentation

During your new patient visit with our office, we will review all medical testing and length of weight loss documentation required by your insurance company. Generally, this takes 3 to 6 months to complete. You will work with your bariatric surgeon and the office staff to create a plan for the months leading up to your surgery and afterward.