Get Started With Your Weight Loss Journey | UnityPoint
Get Started | UnityPoint Health Quad Cities

Get Started

  • Contact your insurance to confirm weight loss surgery is a covered benefit under your policy. The number for customer service is on the back of your insurance card. We will need a copy of your insurance card both front and back. We will also call your insurance to find out the criteria for you to meet in order to be a candidate for surgery.
  • Attend a FREE Surgical Weight Loss Seminar to obtain more information on our program.
  • If you decide to join our program at this seminar, you will be asked to submit $150 registration fee and paperwork received prior to the seminar to start the next steps in our program. This fee covers printed materials, dietitian appointment costs and your program intake appointment with staff.
  • At the seminar, you will be given health history forms to take home to fill out and bring to your intake appointment.
  • Once your insurance benefits have been confirmed by one of our staff, our patient service representative will contact you to set up an intake appointment at our clinic in order to go over your health history and financial responsibilities for bariatric surgery. 
  • You will also need to participate in a group visit with our registered dietitian to go over diet choices and food labels. The Weight Management Specialists team is dedicated to helping you learn more about healthy eating habits and reading labels. Our team will work with you to schedule this at your intake appointment.
  • Trinity Weight Management Specialists, along with most insurance companies, require a psychological evaluation to ensure your success after bariatric surgery. The evaluation is to determine if you will be a good candidate for bariatric surgery. Trinity will give you the information you need to setup that appointment.
  • Individual appointments with dietitian to go over your specific eating habits and plans for the future.
  • You will be provided a form for your primary care physician to fill out each month for six months up until the time of surgery to monitor your weight loss progress. Documentation will need to include specific diet and exercise plans. Trinity Weight Management Specialists requires you to be weight stable and not increase your weight during this six month period. Not all insurance carriers require this step. Send a copy of the documented weight management visits each month to Trinity Weight Management Specialists.
  • Obtain a Letter of Medical Necessity from your family practice doctor stating support of your decision to have surgery and health related problems from morbid obesity. If you currently do not have a primary care physician, you may call our office and we will be happy to refer you to one.
  • The Surgical Weight Management Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at Trinity Moline Campus. (some special events are held offsite) Attendance at one support group prior to surgery is required. It is important for you to attend after your surgery to meet and talk with other people who are having the same experiences as you are.
  • Once all information is collected and approval from the Weight Management Specialists team is given we will submit your information to you insurance company for approval. The approval process may take two to six weeks.
  • If surgery is approved your surgery will be scheduled. Two weeks prior to surgery you will come in for pre-surgical testing: labs and x-rays, nutritional instruction with a registered dietitian, and preoperative education.
  • Trinity encourages surgical weight loss patients to work with a physical therapist on an exercise program specific for the patient's needs. 
  • Trinity's Weight Management Specialists surgical weight loss encourages you to meet for counseling with a psychologist one month and two months post-operative for support on your weight loss journey.

Congratulations! This is just a beginning of a new life for you!