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Bariatric Surgery

Find Out if You’re a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery

Wondering if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery? Our program offers free consultations. If you’re not sure if bariatric surgery is covered by your insurance, we’re happy to help you find out—at no charge.

The Horizon Health Bariatrics Program is led by Cleveland Clinic-trained surgeon and published author in the field.

Contact our team today at (217) 466-4543, or register for a FREE informational seminar.

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Weight Loss Treatments

The Horizon Health Bariatrics Program is led by a Cleveland Clinic-trained surgeon.

Each patient is thoroughly assessed to ensure bariatric surgery is right for him/her. The timeline of the process is largely determined by insurance coverage. However, some patients may be eligible for a fast-track option.

Weight & Its Effects on Health

Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death. Weight loss has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality related to obesity.

Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Whether the extra pounds are a result of genetics, metabolism, or lifestyle, they create a significant risk.. Obese individuals are more likely to develop many health problems (co-morbidities), such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Increased risk for certain types of cancers

Not all people who are overweight have developed health conditions from the live above. In those instances, bariatric surgery can be considered a preventative procedure – helping reduce the risk of developing co-morbidities in the future.

Surgery for Morbid Obesity

Our surgeon performs the sleeve gastrectomy as a laparoscopic procedure. This involves making small incisions in the abdomen and performing the procedure using a video camera (laparoscope) and long instruments that are placed through these small incisions.

With sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach is made smaller by stapling and dividing the majority of the stomach and removing it from the body, leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve.” The hormone produced by the stomach is also reduced. This hormone is found to play a very important role in regulating hunger and modulating energy distribution and expenditure.

Payment Options

As bariatric surgery continues to gain popularity in the medical community, insurance coverage continues to improve. However, there are still many people interested in the benefits of bariatric surgery who do not have insurance coverage. For these patients, we do offer a cash-pay option.

If you are a patient looking for cash-pay bariatric surgery, our team can help guide you. Our $16,000 rate covers nearly all costs associated with the bariatric surgery process, not just the surgery itself. HSA/FSA accounts are a good option to consider, and we do offer financing programs.


Listen to Dr. Yaniv Cozacov discuss how to prevent obesity, why diets fail, and bariatric surgery.

Our Bariatric Support Group is a free service to our communities. Call 217-466-4543.

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