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Center of Excellence for Weight Loss Surgery

surgeons-richards-cottamWelcome to the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah, a comprehensive education, treatment, and support program for obese patients who are ready to make a change. Featuring a unique partnership with the board certified weight loss surgeons at Bariatric Medicine Institute, the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah aims to help patients lose weight and keep weight off.

Weight Loss Philosophy

MBSAQIP_Accredited_Logo_for_WebThe medical team includes board certified surgeons who have completed thousands of successful procedures, a dietician, psychologist, and certified personal trainers. Using an approach that treats mind and body, our clinical team helps patients prepare for surgery and make the most of life after surgery.

Weight Loss Procedures

Untitled-2Recognizing that every patient has different goals and health conditions, the surgeons at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah offer a variety of bariatric procedures, including custom and combination procedures when appropriate. Each procedural page on this site is organized with the same list of procedural FAQs, making it easy for you to browse between pages and compare procedures. Select a treatment option from the left side menu column and you’ll find answers to each of the following bariatric surgery FAQs:

  • Who is the procedure for?
  • How is the procedure performed?
  • What are the benefits of the procedure?
  • How do I prepare?
  • What results can I expect?
  • What are the risks and drawbacks?
  • Why choose the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah?

To begin your weight loss journey, register for a free online weight loss seminar. You can view the online video any time that’s convenient for you. Once you register, you’ll be eligible for a one-on-one consultation with a bariatric surgeon at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah.

BLIS Approved Surgeons

Dr. Cottam, Dr. Richards and Dr. Medlin are BLIS approved surgeons, ( Becoming a BLIS Surgeon is a very selective process as determined exclusively by BLIS. This means that our surgeons and program meet very high standards for bariatric surgery outcomes in both the short and long term. As a result of our participation as a BLIS provider, we are able to participate in an innovative new insurance coverage which allows us to make a commitment to our self-pay patients that should a covered complication occur within certain time frames following surgery, the costs associated with the care of that complication will be covered by BLIS alleviating the patient of financial obligation for costs associated with an unexpected event..

** The complication protection is exclusively part of the package price you will pay for your weight loss surgery. We are happy to provide this benefit to our patients and ease your mind and your wallet in this important decision to have a life-saving surgery.

**Other terms and conditions apply; please contact our office and review the self-pay contract for further details about this program.

Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah


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