The Bariatric and Heartburn Center of Northeast Ohio
How Do I Get Started?

  • Research bariatric surgery and determine if it is something that you really want to do.  You are
    welcome to attend a free information session given by Dr. Chlysta and ask your questions at the end
    of the session.  There is information on bariatric surgery and our program in this Bariatric Information
    Packet.  Risks of surgery are also covered in our Bariatric Surgery Risk Education Packet on this
    page.  Obesity surgery is not an "easy way out" or a "quick fix".  It is a major endeavor that helps most
    people but has resulted in death and unpleasant experiences for a few.


  • Find out what your body mass index (BMI) is and determine if you are a candidate for surgery.  You
    can do this by reviewing the "Am I A Candidate" section of this website.


  • If you are a candidate, you may not be sure which procedure is best for you.  This is normal.  You an
    learn more about your options at The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  All of your
    questions/concerns will be answered at your initial consultation.  Together, you and Dr. Chlysta can
    reach a decision about which procedure is right for you.


  • Contact our office at (330) 926-3443 with your insurance information.  We will be happy to check with
    your insurance company to see if you have benefits for bariatric surgery and to see which procedures
    are covered.  Some insurance companies have limits on bariatric coverage.  If so, full prepayment is
    required prior to scheduling surgery.


  • Down load and print the medical history form below or call our office to have one mailed to you.  Fill
    our the form and mail it to the address on the last page of the form.


  • After we have reviewed your medical history form we will contact you regarding an appointment.  If you
    are not contacted within 7 - 10 days after mailing your medical history form, please call our office at
    (330) 926 -3443.