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Western Pennsylvania Bariatric Institute is part of Conemaugh Physician Group. Read more.

Getting Started

How to get started

The process leading up to bariatric surgery varies depending on each person’s medical history and insurance requirements.  Please review the process below for additional information.

Insurance Verification

Insurance providers and individual plans vary in coverage for weight loss surgery and related services. Each patient is responsible for insurance co-pays and deductibles at the time service is rendered. Our team will work with each patient to verify bariatric surgery coverage. We encourage each patient to also call their own insurance to verify their coverage and financial responsibilities.

WPBI has partnered with Clear Health to offer personalized pricing to patients with an out-of-pocket responsibility. Contact our office directly to learn more.

Information Seminar

Conemaugh Health System offers an information seminar either online or in-person. This is to educate individuals on necessary information regarding types of weight loss surgery, criteria for surgery, guidelines for pre-surgery and post-surgery, and lifestyle changes necessary for long-term success. Please register for our Free Educational Seminar via the form here. Once we have reviewed your information and are able to verify your insurance, a team member will contact you to set up an appointment for an evaluation and your schedule your educational seminar. You will be required to complete this seminar, either in-person at our facility, or online, to proceed to the next step.


Prior to surgery you will meet monthly with our nurse practitioner to review labs and testing and to access your progress.

Insurance FAQs

Most insurance plans consider your BMI along with other underlying medical conditions you may have. You may qualify if you have a:

  • BMI of 30-34.9 with Type 2 Diabetes
  • BMI of 35-54.9 with or without a serious health condition
  • BMI of 55 or greater

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