Attend a Weight Loss Seminar

What to Expect from Bariatric Services

Providence Medical Group Bariatric Services offers free informational seminars each month. Our program coordinator and bariatric surgeons provide information about our comprehensive program, including the surgical options we offer. The seminar is open to potential patients, family members and other support people and features time for questions, answers and discussion.

Attend a weight loss seminar

New patients should attend at least one educational seminar before weight-loss surgery. Seminars are offered once a month, 5:30- 7 p.m., in the Conference Center on the First Floor of at St. Patrick Hospital’s Broadway Building, 500 W. Broadway, in Missoula. Call 406-329-5866 for more information or to register.

Am I a candidate?

The long-term success of weight-loss surgery requires education, support and care—before and after the procedure. To begin the process, you can download, print and complete the weight-loss program application at home. Bring it with you to your scheduled visit, and our staff will review and evaluate your application to help determine if surgery is right for you. It’s possible we’ll ask for additional information or medical records, or we may require additional diagnostic testing or medical consultations.

The program includes:

Weight loss support group

Patients who attend support groups achieve a greater weight loss and are generally more satisfied with their progress. We encourage patients to participate in our quarterly support group for at least one year. Please call 406-329-5866 for Support group time and dates.

Insurance application processing

Our staff identifies records, information, medical support letters and other items needed by insurance or Medicare. Once the information is gathered, we submit your request for surgery to your insurance company. It often takes several submissions and frequent telephone contact.

Patient education class

Once your surgery is scheduled, you’re invited to attend a patient education class, which offers time for questions, preoperative and postoperative instruction, as well as the chance to talk with others going through the same process.