Is Weight Loss Surgery in Canada Covered by OHIP? What You Need to Know

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If you want to lose weight, you may have already talked to your doctor about safe weight loss options. If you have a significant amount of weight to lose and traditional methods like diet and exercise haven’t helped, your doctor may have suggested researching weight loss surgery in Canada with a weight loss centre like Surgical Solutions Network’s bariatric surgery program as the next step.

Weight loss surgery is a safe, effective, and sustainable way to lose a lot of weight and improve your health. But as part of your research, you’ve probably Googled: Is weight loss surgery covered by OHIP?

The answer is that public healthcare (like OHIP) only covers weight loss surgery if you meet specific qualifications, and they don’t offer every procedure available. At a private weight loss centre in Ontario, such as Surgical Solutions Network’s bariatric surgery program, people who meet the criteria for obesity (having a BMI of 30 or higher) usually qualify for weight loss surgery. We offer three different types of weight loss procedures, including the mini gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and Lap-Band (gastric band) surgeries at our weight loss surgery centre in Toronto.

If you are ready to learn more about weight loss surgery, please contact Surgical Solutions Network to schedule your consultation.

5 Questions to Ask When Researching Public Healthcare vs. Private Weight Loss Surgery

1. Who qualifies for weight loss surgery under OHIP?

OHIP will only cover a gastric bypass surgery procedure if your BMI is over 40, or if your BMI is over 35 and you have serious weight-related health conditions. Occasionally the gastric sleeve surgery will be offered to patients if they have severe scar tissue from a previous surgery, the gastric bypass would be too risky due to medical conditions, and their BMI is under 60.

2. Which weight loss procedures are offered by OHIP?

Gastric bypass surgery in Ontario is covered by OHIP for most patients who meet their qualifications. Rarely, the gastric sleeve will be covered by OHIP for a small patient population who suffer from severe scarring or a medical condition that would make a gastric bypass procedure risky.

Surgical Solutions Network offers a larger number of weight loss procedures, and your weight loss surgeon will work with you to determine the best procedure for your needs and goals. At our surgical centre, our surgeons perform the mini gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, and Lap-Band surgery (gastric band). Surgical Solutions Network’s Toronto weight loss clinic offers the mini gastric bypass, instead of the gastric bypass procedure, because the mini gastric bypass requires less rerouting of the intestine. This may make the procedure safer and less invasive.

Please contact us at Surgical Solutions Network to schedule your consultation today.

3. Will I be able to choose my weight loss surgery procedure?

The public healthcare system does not allow each patient to select which weight loss procedure they’d like to undergo. Most patients will receive the gastric bypass procedure if they use OHIP to cover their weight loss surgery.

At Surgical Solutions Network, we don’t believe that there is a one-size-fits-all weight loss procedure. At Surgical Solutions Network, one of our surgeons will personally review your medical history and weight loss goals, and review the benefits of each of our three weight loss procedures with you to help you make the best choice. We take a highly personalized approach to weight loss surgery and take the time to listen to each patient and their goals.

4. What is the wait time for weight loss surgery in Canada?

In Canada, the wait time to undergo weight loss surgery can be anywhere between two to five years. (1,2)  Waiting years for weight loss surgery can have serious consequences if you have weight-related health conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and joint issues. It can also negatively impact your confidence, energy, and overall quality of life.

At Surgical Solutions Network, you can book your weight loss surgery in Ontario within four to six weeks after your free consultation with one of our Toronto weight loss surgeons. You can typically arrange your consultation within the same week of your initial inquiry.

5. Is there support after my bariatric surgery in Ontario?

In the public healthcare system in Ontario, some patient education and nutritional counseling is provided after your surgery at the hospital, however your access to dietitians and aftercare is limited due to high demand.

At Surgical Solutions Network, we offer a unique aftercare program for 5 years after your surgery to ensure you reach your weight loss and health goals. All our patients have access to registered dietitians, nurses, and surgeons to provide support, advice, and guidance so you can have the best possible outcome.

Surgical Solutions Network: Mini Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-Band Surgery in Canada from Bariatric Surgeons

If you’re struggling to lose weight, Surgical Solutions Network can help you achieve a healthy weight. We offer expedited access to weight loss surgery in Canada from accredited bariatric surgeons, and an exceptional aftercare program with our registered nurses and dietitians that will help you reach your health goals. Our surgical weight loss options include mini gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, and Lap-Band surgery. To learn more about your surgical weight loss options in Canada, schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons and find the best option for your unique needs.



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