There are a number of weight loss surgeries covered by insurance, but the current favorites are the Vertical Sleeve  and Roux en Y gastric bypass. Some insurance plans require a   3-6 month wait  before you can be approved for surgery so it is important to find out the details of your  healthcare plan. If you have Medicaid, please call our office for the current guidelines.

If you are looking surgical weight loss options in Reno start with Western Bariatric Institute.  Our staff is here  to ensure that your surgery goes smoothly.   You will have a trusted partner through  your entire journey. Our surgeons have performed over 4,000 minimally invasive weight loss procedures and there is always a bariatric surgeon on-call. Some insurance companies require  proof that you have been clinically obese for 2 years before you can undergo surgery, so once again try to find out what your plan requires.  Most insurance companies will ask for a letter of support/recommendation from a medical provider other than the surgeon.   This letter typically comes from your family physician. Visit our Steps to Surgery to see how we prepare our patients for surgery.  In the Steps to Surgery section you will find useful information on  how to get started with our bariatric surgery program.

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Do you plan on using Medicaid for your weight loss surgery?  Medicaid requires your selected weight loss surgery be  done through a Center of Excellence. Bariatric Center of Excellence accreditation is designed to indicate which bariatric surgery centers have achieved a level of excellence when it comes to performing bariatric surgery. Medicaid requires that you visit one of these specific centers to guarantee that you get the best possible care. Lucky for you, Western Bariatric is one of the nation’s first Bariatric Centers of Excellence and the first in Northern Nevada.

Surgical weight loss options in Reno are available through Western Bariatric Institute.  Weight loss surgery may help  you change your life!  Our weight loss practitioners, surgeons, and patient advocate have spent countless hours designing a  program  that will ensure a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. Would you like to know if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery? Typically, if you are obese, or if you have a BMI of more than 35, you are a candidate for bariatric weight loss surgery

Western Bariatric Institute (WBI) is an established, highly experienced multidisciplinary weight loss surgery center based in Reno, Nevada. Our bariatric clinic began in 2000 as a division of Western Surgical Group, the largest surgical practice in Northern Nevada. For bariatric surgery in Reno and bariatric surgery on the west coast, we are the nation’s most trusted and affordable option.

Weight loss surgery is known as bariatric surgery in the industry and involves surgical procedures done on the stomach and/or intestines to help a person with extreme obesity lose weight.* This is usually considered in persons with a BMI of 40 or more, or those with a BMI from 35-39.9 who are experiencing health problems (comorbidities) like type II diabetes,  heart disease, and sleep apnea. *results may vary. Our past patients are our best way to demonstrate the effectiveness of weight loss surgery. We invite you to view their before and after pictures and see for yourself what a difference bariatric surgery has made in their lives.

Contact Western Bariatric Institute today and let us help you start your new life!