Getting Started

At Western Bariatric Institute, your journey will include much more than just weight loss surgery. Our surgeons have performed over 4,000 minimally invasive weight loss procedures and there is always a bariatric surgeon on-call. As one of the nation’s first Bariatric Centers of Excellence, and the first in Northern Nevada, you can be confident you are receiving education, support and care from one of the most comprehensive programs in the country. WBI’s staff boasts nationally recognized clinicians, including the region’s only Doctor of Nursing Practice, specializing in bariatric care, and a dietitian with over 30 years experience in weight loss. Your care will also extend well beyond surgery, with an exclusive support group network ranging from Carson City to Elko, and follow-up classes to help keep you on track after your operation.

If you are interested in pursuing weight loss surgery with WBI, follow the steps below to get started. We have a patient advocate staff who will work directly with you to answer any questions and provide support alongside you on your path to surgery:

1Fill out the patient paperwork here

Fill out the patient paperwork and send it to our office. You can email it to, fax it to 775-789-9210, drop it off, or mail to 645 North Arlington Ave, Ste 525, Reno, NV 89503.

2Verify your insurance coverage here

When calling your insurance company to verify bariatric coverage, it is helpful to know the CPT Codes for each procedure when discussing coverage. Band-43770, By-Pass-43644 and Sleeve-43775. You can also click here and we will check to verify benefits for you at no cost. If your insurance doesn’t cover, ask the patient advocate staff about financing available through a local credit union.

3. Watch Our Online Seminar here

Watch our free online seminar available 24 hours a day.

4Schedule a consultation here

If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, fill out the paperwork first and verify your insurance (or let us do it), then call us to schedule. 775-326-9152 ext. 3.

After you consultation, you will meet with your patient advocate and go over all the specifics needed to continue. You will need to partner with your Primary Care Physician (PCP)  for a referral letter and medical records that support your medical necessity for weight loss surgery. You will need this letter prior to surgery, not before your consultation. We have a sample referral letter if your PCP needs it or you can find it on this website under primary care physician.

The path to surgery is different for each patient and also may vary according to your own personal insurance coverage. Please remember that our staff is here to help you every step of the way and we will work hard to make the process as easy and as stress-free as possible.

If you any questions please call our office at 775-326-9152 ext. 3.


Western Bariatric Institute is a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery in Northern Nevada.

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