Bariatric surgery has long been considered a safe and effective option for obese patients to improve their health and increase longevity.
Current guidelines restrict surgery to patients with a Body Mass Index [BMI] over 40 or a BMI over 35 with obesity-related illnesses. If you are interested in weight loss surgery but do not qualify because your BMI falls below the current guidelines, you may be eligible for weight loss surgery through the Jump-Start Low BMI program offered at South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center, through the BARInet Preferred Provider Network.
Our weight loss options include:
- Jump-Start Low BMI (BMI 30 to 34.9; Self-Pay; Gastric Sleeve)
- Gastric Sleeve (BMI 35 to 75)
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (BMI 35 to 75)
- Orbera Balloon (BMI 30 to 39.9)
- Revision Options (BMI 30 to 75)
- Medical Weight Management
Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Most insurance companies base their criteria on the following NIH Guidelines:
- BMI of 40 or greater
- BMI of 35-40 with significant comorbidity (one or more chronic conditions that puts you at increased risk for health problems or premature death, such as diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, etc.)
- BMI 30-35 with comorbidities (in select cases)
- Documented unsuccessful dietary attempts
We offer self-pay options for all of our surgeries, including our Jump-Start Low BMI Program.
Most candidates for bariatric surgery are between the ages of 18 and 75.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
BMI is a measure used to index a person’s height and weight. BMI allows healthcare professionals and patients to better understand health issues associated with a specific weight classification (classifications such as obesity and morbid obesity).
What is a co-morbid condition?
There are two definitions for a co-morbid condition: the presence of one or more disorder or disease in addition to a primary disorder or disease; or, the presence of a disorder or disease that is caused by or otherwise related to another condition in the same patient.
Below is a list of common comorbidities of morbid obesity that are accepted by most major insurance carriers:
- Sleep Apnea
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
Will Your Insurance Cover Bariatric Surgery?
Insurance benefits and criteria for weight loss surgery vary greatly by plan and by employer. South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center would be happy to discuss your specific case with you. Self-pay pricing is also available upon request by phone or in person. Our Jump-Start Low BMI Program is specifically for self-pay and those with a BMI between 30 and 34.9.