The following steps are for new patients who have not had weight loss surgery. This thorough process is to ensure that bariatric surgery is the best treatment option for your health. All the elements are necessary prior to scheduling an appointment to see the surgeon:
1) Request an Appointment
Please call our office at (310) 825-7163, ext. 2 to speak with a representative who can walk you through our new patient process. Our office is open Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm, excluding holidays. Alternatively, you may fill out our COMET appointment request form here. Someone from our office will be in touch once this short form is received.
2) Complimentary Insurance Verification
One of our COMET team members can verify your insurance on your behalf. Please include your insurance information on your appointment request form.
If you have UCLA medical group HMO insurance or Medicare, you do have bariatric surgery coverage and there is no need to verify your insurance.
3) Schedule a Consultation with our Surgeons
Once your insurance is verified, one of our team members will schedule your initial consultation with our surgeons. Our clinic sees new patients on Thursdays from 8am-4pm.
4) Free Online or In-Person Orientation
Once your appointment is scheduled, please either attend a New Patient Orientation or view our New Patient Orientation Slides online prior to being seen in clinic. These orientations provide each patient with helpful information about our program and answer many common questions and concerns. Each patient must complete one of the options. Please see the Calendar of Events for the most updated list of in-person seminars. The New Patient Orientation Slides can be found here.
Please note: the Support Group Meeting and Pre-Operative Class are different resources from our program and are not accepted as an alternative to the orientation.
5) Submit an Application with Email Consent
Please download and complete the email consent form: Email Consent Form (PDF)
Please also download and complete the application: UCLA Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Application (PDF)
The completed application and email consent form may be sent by the following methods:
UCLA Bariatric Surgery Department
10833 Le Conte Ave. 72-266 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Please note the COMET program no longer requires an application fee.