Am I qualified for weight loss surgery?
To qualify for surgery, a person must be at least 100 pounds overweight and have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or have a BMI of 35 or greater with two or more actively treated diseases related to obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension or arthritis.
Body Mass Index is calculated as follows:
To calculate your body mass index, visit the CDC - Body Mass Index .
Qualifying for surgery is a thorough process, with patients receiving a number of health assessments. Attendance at education classes is mandatory.
Will my insurance company pay for weight loss surgery?
When considering weight loss surgery, it is extremely important that you first check with your insurance company regarding eligibility and to determine if there are any exclusions in your policy. It is a good idea to have your Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated before making the call. If your insurance company will not pay for weight loss surgery, pre-pay options are available.
St. Alexius Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery®  by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means this facility's overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.
The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)  designated PrimeCare Surgical Weight Loss Program at St. Alexius Medical Center and Brandon Helbling, MD, as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. Started in 2004, the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. Earning the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation signifies PrimeCare's ability to consistently deliver the safest, highest-quality care to bariatric surgery patients.
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