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Weight loss surgery can be overwhelming, but our staff will help you navigate through the entire process from start to finish, providing direction and support. We offer a free bariatric seminar where we will educate you on multiple bariatric surgery procedures and answer questions on criteria for bariatric surgery.

Step 1: Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

If you are struggling with your weight you may be wondering ‘Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?’ To determine whether weight loss surgery is appropriate for you, certain criteria should be considered.

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Step 2: Register for a Free Weight Loss Surgery Seminar

In-Person Seminar

It is necessary to attend one of our free educational seminars to help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. The interactive session with the surgeon and members of the bariatric team includes discussion about the program, also questions and answers regarding care and the insurance process. To reserve your spot call (479) 709-DOCS, or register online through the link, below. Space is limited.

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Step 3: Contacting Your Insurance Company

The Sparks Surgical Weight Loss teams will contact your insurance company to make sure you are covered for this procedure. Make sure to bring all of your insurance information to the seminar.

Step 4: See the Surgeon

After attending a seminar and deciding that weight loss surgery is something you would like to pursue, please call the office to schedule an appointment with the surgeon. During the consultation, the doctor will have an opportunity to go through your medical history, decide if surgery is best for you and discuss your desires and expectations regarding weight loss surgery.

Step 5: Consultations

To meet established guidelines for weight loss surgery, consultations are required with a registered dietician and a behavioral health specialist. These consultations will help to prepare you for the rigors of weight loss surgery. Other consultations may be deemed necessary by the surgeon, based on your medical history. Call us today at (479) 709-DOCS.

Step 6: Pre-operative Appointments

You are moving forward with surgery. To prepare for your new beginning, you will need to attend the following appointments:

Support Group

Weight loss surgery is only the first step. Lifestyle changes are the next step in reaching your weight loss goals. To help you accomplish your weight loss goals, we offer ongoing support. Contact us at (479) 709-DOCS for more information.

Financial Counseling

To review any expenses that may be incurred.


Pre-operative education with the program’s registered dietician.

Pre-operative Testing

To complete necessary laboratory and diagnostic testing, as well as meet with a member of the anesthesia team.

We want to assist you throughout the process. If you have any questions, please call our offices at (479) 709-DOCS so we can be of service.

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