At Western Bariatric Institute, your journey will include much more than just weight loss surgery. Our surgeons have performed over 4,000 minimally invasive weight loss procedures and there is always a bariatric surgeon on-call. Our goal at Western Bariatric Institute is to provide the safest treatment for our patients. We are committed to using the most innovative techniques wherever possible, to ensure a better surgical experience and better outcomes.

WBI’s staff boasts nationally recognized clinicians, including the region’s only Doctor of Nursing Practice, specializing in bariatric care, and a dietitian with over 30 years experience in weight loss. Your care will also extend well beyond surgery, with an exclusive support group network ranging from Carson City to Elko, and follow-up classes to help keep you on track after your operation.

Based on numerous prospective randomized controlled trials, the approach has proven to be beneficial in reducing post-operative complications such as wound infections and incisional hernias; especially in morbidly obese patients.

We have a patient advocate staff who will work directly with you to answer any questions and provide support alongside you on your path to surgery:

1Fill out the patient information form here

Fill out the patient information form and send it to our office. You can email it to, fax it to 775-789-9210, drop it off, or mail to 645 North Arlington Ave, Ste 525, Reno, NV 89503. This paperwork will allow us to verify that you are a surgical candidate. Please allow 5-7 business days for review. Click here to be sure you meet insurance guidelines. Please read and review the WBI Surgery Protocol and Patent Responsibility documents. You can ask for a printed copy at your consultation.

2Verify your insurance coverage

When calling your insurance company to verify bariatric coverage, it is helpful to know the CPT Codes for each procedure when discussing coverage. Gastric Bypass – 43644 and Sleeve – 43775.  If your insurance doesn’t cover this service, ask the patient advocate staff about financing available through a local credit union.

3. Watch Our Online Seminar here

Watch our free online seminar available 24 hours a day.

This time frame depends heavily on the patient’s motivation and schedule to get the checklist items completed and the requirements met by their specific insurance company. (Some insurance companies may add 6 – 9 additional months to this time frame based on their pre-authorization requirements.)