Getting Started

Program Requirements

Body Mass Index: Most insurers require a BMI of 40 or above, or between 35 and 40 with a weight-related health condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. The FDA has approved the Lap-Band for use in patients with a BMI as low as 30 with a weight-related health condition, although most insurers have not yet lowered their BMI requirements. BMI requirements and most other requirements are the same whether you are having a Lap-Band or a Sleeve Gastrectomy. In order to be eligible for a Gastric Balloon, patients must have a BMI between 30 and 40.

BMI Limits:  Men must have a BMI less than 55 and Women must have a BMI less than 60 at the time of surgery.

Age: You must be at least 18 years old and less than 65 years old at the time of surgery.

Insurance: We take most major insurance plans, including Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, Commonwealth Indemnity, Neighborhood Health Plan, BMC Health Net and certain United Healthcare plans. We do have a cash-pay option for the Lap-Band for those patients whose insurance does not cover the procedure.  

Next Steps

Join us for a free seminar at our office to learn more about our weight loss surgery program, the Lap-Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy.  Meet our surgeon and hear directly from one of our patients. You can register here or call our office (508) 668-4400.

After the seminar you will be welcome to sign up for an initial consultation with our surgeon. Our office staff will assist you with your insurance and scheduling other pre-operative appointments.

If you are unable to attend one of our seminars, feel free to get in touch directly about scheduling an initial consultation.


Please feel free to email your questions to or call our office at (508) 668-4400.

Good luck with your weight loss journey!

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