Are you a good candidate for weight loss surgery?

If you have one or more of the following, weight loss surgery may be a good option for you:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35 with one or more obesity-related conditions
  • BMI greater than 40
  • 100 pounds or more to lose
  • Medically managed weight-loss programs have failed to help you reach a healthy weight

You might not be eligible if:

  • Your obesity is related to an untreated metabolic or endocrine disorder
  • You have an untreated history of substance abuse or untreated major psychiatric disease
  • You have health conditions that are severe enough that surgery would be dangerous
  • You want to become pregnant within the next 18 months
If you are over age 65, please contact the location nearest you for additional guidelines.


How to Get Started

If you are considering weight loss surgery, the first step is to view a free informational seminar/video. Please contact your insurance company for coverage questions and specific criteria that may be required before surgery. Required consultations include the following (All three of these can be scheduled and completed concurrently):

Medically Supervised Diet (not required for self-pay patients)

Start a medically supervised diet with a licensed physician of choice. Guidelines for the number of consecutive months that diet is followed are dictated by your insurance company.

Patient Testimonials

The decision to get weight loss surgery is very individual and each person must carefully consider the benefits and risks for themselves. Sometimes hearing the experiences of others can be beneficial and help weigh the pros and cons of surgery. Each of the testimonials below is from a former patient whose life was impacted positively after weight loss surgery.

Garrett Rose's Weight Loss Story

It took four years for Garrett Rose to decide to get weight loss surgery. He had tried multiple diets over the years that didn't work long-term and decided weight loss surgery would be the tool to help him to decrease his portion sizes and provide him the ability to live a normal life.

Watch Garrett's story here.

Phil Garrett's Weight Loss Story

Listen to the story of Phil Garrett, a weight loss surgery patient who made the decision to get the surgery that changed his life. For Phil, weight loss surgery was a tool that got him out of a rut and allowed him to live his life.

Watch Phil's story here.

Judy Jameson's Weight Loss Surgery Story

Judy Jameson has always been active and found much joy in riding horses. Since she underwent weight loss surgery, she has more energy and changed her whole lifestyle for the better.

Watch Judy's story here.

Available Procedures

Your surgeon will help you decide which procedure is best for you. On average most patients spend 1-2 days in the hospital. Recovery times can vary due to multiple factors, but expect 2-3 weeks. Discuss expected recovery time with your physician.

Gastric Bypass

Learn more about this procedure.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Learn more about this procedure.

Duodenal Switch

Learn more about this procedure.

Payment Options

There are two options when it comes to payment for the weight loss surgery:
1. Insurance:
Please contact your insurance company for specific criteria and bariatric coverage. Some insurance companies will ask for procedure codes:
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (43775)
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (43644)
  • Duodenal Switch (43845)
2. Self-pay Pricing:
For self-pay patients, Intermountain utilizes MDsave to handle payment. See MDsave for more info on self-pay process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How recent does my supervised diet need to be as I have tried many diets over the years?

In general, most insurance companies require supervised diets to be within the last year. Please contact your insurance company to get your specific guidelines.