Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How soon can I schedule my first appointment, after you receive my application?
A: We are eager to meet you during your first visit with our surgeons. Once we receive the application, it can take us up to 2 weeks to review your application and confirm your benefit coverage. If you have a concern about our receiving your application, please call us. We will contact you to schedule your first appointment as soon as we have confirmed you are ready.

Q: How much will this cost?
A: Total cost for the program requirements and surgery, aside from any additional testing required, can range from approximately $26,000-$47,000. This does not take into consideration your insurance.
During your first office visit, you will be given an estimated cost sheet, which will help you understand your own benefits. We do our best to work with you to have shared understanding. Again, these are only estimates and do not guarantee any out of pocket costs.
If you do not have insurance benefits to cover your surgery, we offer a cash pay price.
Blood work/labs ordered are not always covered by your insurance company, but are required for the surgeons to have a broad understanding of your current health status. These can cost up $1700.00, if none of them are covered by your insurance.
Anesthesia services are provided by a group outside of PeaceHealth and this is billed to your insurance separately. You should be prepared to see this as a separate bill after surgery.

Q: Do you offer financing?
A: PeaceHealth has a department dedicated to receiving payments and handling any balances that are due, Patient Financial Services, PFS.
If you need financing for the entire bariatric program, we do not offer financing. Bariatric surgery and its related testing appointments are not covered by Peace Health Charity Coverage Bridge and Bridge Pathways.

Q: How long will all the program requirements take, so I can have surgery?
A: The length of your program depend on your insurance requirements, the additional testing that may be required for you to be approved for surgery, our pre operative classes, and obtaining authorization from your surgery.
Each patient is different, but will range from 4 months to 1 year for completion.

Q: I have Trillium/Oregon Health Plan but don’t have type 2 diabetes I was told I am borderline, what do I do now?
A: Oregon Health Plan and Trillium dropped this requirement as of January 2018. If your BMI is between 35-40, you will are required to have an additional medical problem that is related to obesity. If you have a BMI greater than 40, this is not required.
If you are unsure, please turn in an application for us to review and we will contact you to discuss further.

Q: When will I be weighed on a scale?
A: Be aware that you will be weighed at all office visits. We can do weight checks outside of your office visits, but those need to be scheduled in advance. We currently offer these visits Monday and Wednesday. Feel free to call our clinic to schedule this type of visit.

Q: Do you provide surgery to remove extra skin after surgery/weight loss?
A: This type of surgery is often seen as a plastic surgery and is not a surgery our surgeons perform. We are happy to make a referral, if you are interested in this after surgery.
Some insurance companies have benefit coverage for pannus removal (excess skin) based on medical necessity. You will need to call your insurance and inquire about this benefit.

Q: Who do you recommend for non-surgical weight loss?
A: There are several non-surgical weight loss programs in our community, including Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc. Monarch Medical is now accepting more insurance plans for medical weight loss; check with them for more information at 541-686-2911.
These resources are all good options for medical weight loss. You can also speak with your primary care provider about local options.

Please let us know if there are questions not addressed in this FAQ. We hope to support you get your questions answered.