Weight Loss Surgery

Get Started

There are a few steps necessary to determine if weight loss surgery is the right option for you. The two most important steps are calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI) and determining if your insurance company will cover much of the expense. To get started, follow our easy step-by-step instructions to determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery.


When you reach step #3, there are three things you must do: Take the Quiz, Print the Handbook, and Print the Packet. Once printed, you need to complete all the information and send it in before your consultation appointment. If questions, please call Kim at 319-268-3996.

1 Education


Body Mass Index Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. This will be part of your evaluation should you elect to have the surgery.

  Calculate BMI


If you are interested in minimally invasive weight loss surgery, you will be required to either attend a free, live seminar or watch our online seminar and complete the quiz (you may also do both – it’s your choice!) Participation must be done prior to a consultation.

  Watch Seminars
2 Qualification


Call Your Insurance Company

Before you begin filling out the paper work, be sure to call your insurance company to ensure you are eligible. This step MUST BE DONE before a consultation is scheduled! Also, there is a non-refundable program fee of $200. Please read below for more information regarding the program fee.

Program Fee

We at the Midwest Institute of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery™ are dedicated to your success. Education is a vital component in reaching your goals. The education process begins with the information seminar, in person or on-line, and is continued through the evaluation, pre-operative work-up, hospitalization and during your lifetime follow-up. The non-refundable program fee of $200 can be paid with cash, cashier’s check or credit card. The first half of the payment is due at the time of your consultation appointment and the remaining $100 is due at your final pre-operative appointment. This fee is not covered by insurance and is non-refundable.

3 Consultation


We will need you to complete information related to the insurance information handbook, the patient information packet, and the online seminar quiz (if you do not attend a live seminar). There are forms to be completed before we schedule your consultation. All three of these things MUST be done in order to schedule your one-on-one consultation!

Online Seminar Quiz

Watch the online seminar and complete the online quiz – Please know you are welcome to attend any of the live seminars even if you’ve watched the online seminar. But this quiz must be completed and is a requirement prior to your first consultation (it is not required if you attend a live seminar.

  Complete Quiz

Insurance Information Handbook

Print, complete and mail/or take to your first consultation – You will need to read this information thoroughly, and print and complete the pages specified (which should include pages 5, 6, 11, 15 and 19). Use pages 5 and 6 as your surgery process checklist. On each form, complete as much information as possible and we will review when we meet to ensure it is complete.

  Print Handbook

Patient Information Packet

Print and complete the packet – All the forms in this packet need to be completed. You can email us at info.wheatoniowa@wfhc.org and we will mail you the packet, or you can print and complete from your computer (Note: there are 24 pages so if you prefer, we can mail it to you). Once you have completed all the information, you can mail to our office or bring along to your consultation. We will review these forms as well to ensure they include all the necessary information we need. If you have any questions or concerns during this process do not hesitate to call us at 800-351-6839.

  Print Packet
4 Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

It's important you understand all your options, so be sure to get answers to the following questions prior to your consultation.

  Get Answers