Answers to Common Questions

Commonly asked questions about weight-loss surgery are answered below.

How old do I have to be to have weight-loss surgery?

Typically, patients need to be between the ages of 18 and 70 years of age.

How overweight do I need to be to qualify for weight-loss surgery?

Patients need to be at least 60 pounds overweight and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30.

What tests and medical exams will I need to pass before I have surgery?

All patients will need to pass a psychological screening test that helps ensure an ability to comply with post-surgical behavior modifications. Patients are also required to complete all pre-operative testing and be declared both medically and physically able to withstand surgery.

Will my insurance cover the cost of the surgery?

Many insurance companies and Medicare will cover the cost of weight-loss surgery. You will need to check with your individual provider and/or your physician to determine if this procedure is covered by your insurance company.

How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?

Most patients are in the hospital for approximately one to two days depending on their medical needs and the procedure they undergo.

Where will my surgery be performed?

All surgeries are performed at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Are the educational seminars mandatory?

Yes. All patients must attend one of the scheduled community education seminars held at Manatee Memorial Hospital prior to having weight-loss surgery. Get information about FREE bariatric surgery events held each month at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Bariatric Surgery

Please contact our Bariatric Coordinator/Reviewer at 941-708-8055 for questions or information.