Begin With These Steps

We want to help make the start of meeting your surgical weight loss goals as easy as possible. The following is a simple outline of the steps you'll take to get started.

✔ Attend a FREE patient information seminar - register here.

At this seminar you will be able to meet with University of Utah Bariatric Surgery Team and learn about the different bariatric surgeries and their requirements.

✔ Call your insurance company and ask if bariatric surgery is a covered benefit.

Please ask the following questions of your insurance company:

  1. Is bariatric surgery a covered benefit?
  2. What are the requirements that I need to fulfill before my surgery will be approved?
  3. Is the University of Utah a covered facility?
  4. Is your surgeon a covered provider?

Your insurance company may want the following codes for the specific types of bariatric surgery:

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding – 43770
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass – 43644
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy – 43775

Some insurance companies require a period of medically supervised weight loss before they will cover bariatric surgery. This is to show the efforts of the patients to ensure they are willing to make the necessary changes in diet and lifestyle for bariatric surgery.

✔ Complete the following:

Please thoroughly review and complete these forms as this will help our team gather all of the needed information as well as assist in obtaining authorization for your surgical procedure from your insurance company.

Please fax, email, or mail your completed materials to:

Fax: (801) 587-7947 (Attn. Bariatric Surgery)

Mail: Bariatric Surgery Program
Clinic 5 50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

*Please note this is not a secure email address. If you would like to send your form to us through secure email, please call (801) 587-3856 and we will send an email for you to respond to through our secure system.

✔ Begin to incorporate lifestyle changes prior to surgery. This will be the time to complete your medically supervised weight loss (if required by your insurance).

See our Healthy Lifestyle Program for additional information.

✔ Have a psychiatric evaluation and a consultation with a dietician. You may be responsible for the cost of these consultations if they are not covered by your insurance.

Doctor and weight-loss patient in surgical consultation

✔ If necessary, some patients will need consultations with additional specialists to ensure bariatric surgery is the right decision. This may include a visit with a cardiologist (doctor who treats diseases and conditions of the heart), and/or other specialists.

✔ Have a preoperative upper endoscopy and/or upper GI series depending on the procedure you select.

✔ Attend a pre-surgical appointment with your bariatric surgeon and dietician.

University Hospital 
1st Floor, Clinic 5 
50 North Medical Dr. 
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
South Jordan Health Center
5126 W. Daybreak Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095

✔ Attend a pre-operative visit with an anesthesiologist if requested by your bariatric surgeon. 

✔ Day of Surgery 

Call (801) 585-1449 between 2–5 pm the day before your surgery to get your arrival time (if your surgery is on a Monday, please call on Friday). Your surgery will be at University Hospital (3rd Floor – surgery). You will be given further instructions on how to prepare for your surgery once it has been scheduled.

✔ After Surgery

Further information will be provided regarding after-surgery care as your surgery date gets closer.