Weight Loss SurgeryFor More Information
Bariatric surgery is a proven, safe, effective option if you haven’t found success with diet, exercise, and/or medication.
- The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that people typically lose between 60 and 75 percent of their excess weight in the first year after surgery, and maintain 50 percent of their excess weight loss five years after surgery.
- Studies also provide evidence that bariatric surgery helps people overcome obesity-related conditions including certain cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and joint pain.
- Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 found that people who undergo bariatric surgery improve their life expectancy.
Duke Bariatric Specialists
Am I a Candidate?
Calculate Your BMI
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) estimates healthy body weight based on height. It is also used by insurance companies to determine if you are eligible for weight loss surgery coverage. Insurance companies generally consider you eligible for weight loss surgery coverage if:
- Your BMI is 40 or more OR
- Your BMI is 35 to 40 AND you have a major health complication such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, significant heart disease, debilitating joint pain, sleep apnea, uncontrolled GERD, pseudotumor cerebri, or pulmonary hypertension.
If your BMI is below 35, your insurance provider may deny coverage for weight loss surgery. We also know this can change, as your weight varies over time based on where you are in the dieting cycle.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Covered?
Use this guide to find out if your insurance will cover your procedure, and what to do if it does not.
Important Insurance Considerations
It is important to note that even if your BMI and related conditions put you in a range eligible for surgery, your specific insurance plan may not cover your bariatric surgery. We do our best to verify your bariatric coverage after you have made your first appointment and filled out your health history but before your appointment date. We notify you of our findings through Duke MyChart. If you don’t have bariatric benefits we will cancel your appointment so you don’t incur any unnecessary charges. We will also provide you with information on how to proceed if you wish to pay for surgery on your own.
Other Weight Loss Options
If you aren't a candidate for bariatric surgery, you may want to consider other weight-loss options we offer, including:
- Duke Diet and Fitness Center for adults
- Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyle program for children and adolescents
Already Had Bariatric Surgery?
If you have had previous bariatric surgery, you may not be a candidate. Please call 919-684-4064 for more information
Take the First Steps
The first step in scheduling weight loss surgery is the New Patient Evaluation. This 4-hour appointment includes a group classroom session that will help guide you in determining the right procedure.
Why Choose Duke for Your Weight Loss Surgery
Our Commitment to You
Our weight loss surgeons, physician assistants, psychologists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, and nursing and anesthesia teams are committed to helping you achieve your goals. We work with you and your doctor to establish a successful weight loss plan.
Bariatric Center of Excellence
Our weight loss surgery program at Duke Regional Hospital is accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). In addition, our weight loss surgery program is recognized by private insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and OptumHealth. We have achieved this recognition because we consistently deliver high-quality care, comprehensive services, and positive patient outcomes.
Smaller Incisions, Shorter Hospital Stays, Faster Recovery
We use minimally invasive techniques in nearly 99 percent of our procedures. Smaller incisions translate to less pain, fewer complications, smaller scars, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery time.
This short video will help you understand what to expect from weight loss surgery at Duke.
Duke Weight Loss Surgery Centers
Support Before and After Bariatric Surgery
Pre- and Post-Bariatric Surgery Support Groups
We offer free monthly and weekly weight loss surgery support groups that you can attend both before and after surgery. Topics include nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes, and more. You will be able to meet people with similar experiences in an educational and supportive setting. You do not have to have your bariatric surgery at Duke to participate.
Post-Surgery Body Contouring
Our skilled plastic surgeons smooth and shape your body if unwanted, loose skin and tissue hide the results of your bariatric surgery.