Getting Started on Permanent Weight Loss

Ready to take the next step to a healthier you? If you think you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, begin your weight loss journey by meeting our bariatric team at one of our free Bariatric Informational Seminars. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the process and ask questions to help with your decision making.

Next, our team will meet with you to make sure you’re prepared emotionally and physically for surgical weight loss. You’ll undergo a thorough physical exam, including lab work and an EKG, and complete a detailed medical history. You’ll also visit with our psychiatrist and receive training and guidance from a dietitian.

Bariatric Surgery Informational Seminars

Free informational seminars are held regularly at North Kansas City Hospital for people interested in learning more about bariatric surgery. Seminar attendance is required before you can be considered for surgery. The seminars are led by Keenan Berghoff, M.D., the Center's medical director, a board-certified general surgeon with specialized training in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric procedures. Dr. Berghoff has performed more than 500 bariatric procedures in his career.

Register now to attend our next free informational seminar.


Today, many health insurance plans cover weight loss surgery. Before you consider this surgery, we suggest you contact your insurance company to make sure bariatric treatment is covered by your policy and that the Bariatric Center at North Kansas City Hospital is part of your coverage. Some insurance companies will not confirm coverage until all documentation is submitted and a determination has been made about medical necessity. Use the following documents to help you explore your coverage and requirements with your insurance company.

Health Insurance Information – FAQs and general insurance information

Patient Insurance Coverage Verification Form – Includes questions to ask your insurance representative

If you are not eligible for coverage, talk with the Bariatric Center team to discuss other options.

Procedure Costs

Surgery costs for patients not covered by insurance are:

  • Sleeve - $18,081
  • Bypass - $22,602
  • Modified duodenal switch - $24,376
  • Band removal - $9,041

Support Group

Once you’re enrolled with the Bariatric Center, we encourage you to attend the monthly Bariatric Support Group meetings. This group will become an important part of your weight loss journey—before and after surgery—as you share experiences and information with others going through the process.

Bariatric Surgery Informational Seminar

Register online for a FREE informational seminar on weight loss surgery options at North Kansas City Hospital or call 816-691-5048 for more information.

Bariatric Accreditation

Our Bariatric Surgery Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. What does this mean for our patients? We meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Sheryl Phinney Video

"I can move, I'm happy and I know life is worth living."

Watch Sheryl talk about the steps she took to change her life, including knee replacement and bariatric surgery.