Bariatric surgery process with LifeWeigh requires you to follow a program as you prepare for surgery. This preparation introduces you to your new way of life.
We are looking forward to helping you achieve your health and weight loss goals. We hope the following information will help you prepare for your first visit to LifeWeigh Bariatrics.
Your First Appointment.
Your first appointment at LifeWeigh Bariatrics will be filled with valuable information about how you can prepare for weight loss surgery. You will meet with our staff, including the nurse, program coordinator, dietitian, exercise physiologist and one of the surgeons, Dr. Allen T. Mikhail or Dr. Jeffery Rosen. This initial appointment is approximately three hours long.
Prior to your first appointment, please complete the following:
1. Please call your insurance company to ensure you have coverage for weight loss surgery. We will assist you with the insurance process and our office will call your insurance company during your first visit to obtain detailed information about your coverage for weight loss surgery.
We encourage all patients to read their insurance policy handbook and to become familiar with their coverage and pre-certification requirements. We participate with many medical insurance plans. If we are a participating provider on your plan, we will accept your valid insurance card for the services we provide you. Your co-payment will be required at the time of service. Any deductible applied to our fee or non-covered charges will be your responsibility. We will file a claim on your behalf to your insurance company. We do require a current copy of your insurance card and a picture ID with each visit. If you do not have your card with you, we will ask that you pay for the visit. If you have questions please call (630) 261-9393.
Call the customer service line listed on your insurance card.
Ask: “Does my policy cover weight loss surgery for morbid obesity?”
If yes , ask “what are the specific criteria that are required for approval?”
Please make a note of this specific criteria.
If no, contact the Human Resources department of the employer that provides your health insurance.
Prior to your initial appointment, you must mail or fax your insurance card along with your completed health history packet (see step #3 below).
Work with your primary care physician to obtain a referral for a consultation with a specialist. Your primary care physician will help you to determine if your policy covers weight loss surgery. Prior to your initial appointment, you must mail or fax your referral along with your completed health history packet (see step #3 below).
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2. Make an appointment for your initial visit call (630) 261-9393
3. Please fill out our health history and insurance information form. Please click either the WORD or the PDF icon depending on the type of file you would like to download:
New Patient Form:
Please fill out the health history form above and return to our office prior to your initial appointment. Along with your health history form, please also send a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card. If you have an HMO, you must also mail or fax your referral before your appointment.
2801 Finley Drive, Suite 220
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Fax number: 630-261-9335
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4. It is mandatory to register for our Weight Loss Seminar. You can register for the in-person seminar or register to watch the seminar online.
Register for Seminar
5. Please return your New Patient Form along with a copy of the front and back of your insurance card to our office prior to your initial consultation. Once we receive your packet of information, we will verify your benefits and contact you with this information.
—LifeWeigh Bariatrics in Downers Grove, Illinois, please send the completed New Patient Forms and a copy of the front/back of your insurance card to the following:
LifeWeigh Bariatrics 2801 Finley Drive, Suite 220Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
You may also e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org(for Downers Grove patients only)
Also, any future appointment no-shows (after your initial consultation) will result in a $25 fee.
Our Commitment to our Patients:
We understand how important your time is, and we apologize if we ever keep you waiting. Unfortunately, we cannot predict emergencies or the seriousness of each individual appointment with you. At times, this can cause us to run late. We appreciate your patience and strive to exceed your expectations. We treat each person individually and we do prioritize emergencies if and when they occur, even when you are preparing for weight loss surgery.
To learn more about our bariatric surgery process, please feel free to call us if you have any questions (630) 261-9393.
We look forward to seeing you soon.