What are the risks of surgery? 

All major surgery comes with risks, and the risks are different for each patient. At the Grinnell Regional Medical Center, our surgeons have better outcomes than most. During your first appointment, your surgeon will explain your individual risk level. 

How do I determine if this is right for me? 

Grinnell Bariatrics follows guidelines supported by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program in order to determine a patient's eligibility for weight-loss surgery. Rather than using weight, we use body mass index (BMI) as a criteria for surgery. Individuals are candidates for surgery if:

  •  Their BMI is greater than 40 or between 35 and 40 with major obesity-related medical problems, e.g. diabetes, hypertension, hyperchloremic, sleep apnea. Click here to calculate your BMI.
  • They have failed previous attempts at weight loss in a medically supervised program

Before becoming eligible for surgery, you will meet with our surgeons, dietitians, psychologists, and members of our nursing staff for a full evaluation.

What is required of me before I'm scheduled for surgery? 

Your team of nurses, surgeons, therapists, dietitian, and wellness specialists will work with you for several months prior to your surgery. Some insurance companies require a patient to be in a physician-supervised weight-loss program for at least six-months before surgery. 

You will complete a surgical consultation, mental health consultation, diagnostic testing, pre-surgery education class, pre-operative interview, and pre-operative physical exam. 

Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?

Most insurance companies cover weight-loss surgery providing you meet certain medical criteria. For example, you may be required to provide documentation from your physician of six to 12 months of medically supervised weight loss. Before you come for your first appointment, please call your insurance company to find out if weight-loss surgery is covered. Our patient coordinators, who are experienced in working with insurance companies, will assist you in determining your individual coverage. 

If I am interested in weight-loss surgery, what is my first step? 

Once you have decided to explore weight-loss surgery, please call our surgeons at 641-236-4323. Three surgeons are accepting new patients. Speak with people have had the surgery at Grinnell Bariatrics