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At the Cleveland Clinic we offer several choices to get you on your pathway to weight loss surgery. You are able to attend an In-Person Seminar or an On-Line Seminar, and if you are not yet ready for a Seminar, you can proceed without registering for either. Simply follow the easy 3-step process below to get started on your Pathway to Surgery.

Our Informational Seminars are free and open to the general public. Each Seminar provides prospective patients with information about weight loss surgery and the Cleveland Clinic Weight Loss Program. Our program coordinator and one of our surgeons will describe details of the surgical procedures, our comprehensive program, the medical effects of untreated morbid obesity and the lifestyle changes which accompany weight loss surgery. At the In-Person Seminar, we encourage you to bring a support person with you. There will also be time allotted for questions and answers after the Seminar concludes. If you have questions after taking the On-Line Seminar, they can be addressed at the time of your consult.

On-Line Seminar:
In-Persion Seminar Our On-Line Seminar provides the same information patients receive at the In-Person Seminar, however it is available for you to complete at your convenience. You will need the ability to watch a flash movie on your computer. If you do not have a flash player, you can download one here. Once you've watched the 45 minute presentation, you will be asked a series of 20 questions to ensure you have understood the material provided. Click here to register and take our On-Line Seminar.

In-Person Seminar:
In-Persion Seminar Our In-Person Seminars are held several times a month in various Cleveland Clinic Health Centers as well as Main Campus. At the Seminar, you will listen to one of our surgeons as they describe morbid obesity and the surgical options used to treat this disease. There will be time at the end for questions and answers. The Seminar is designed to provide you with all the information needed to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery, and usually lasts between one and one half hours. You are encouraged to bring a support person with you to this Seminar. For exact dates and locations and to register for our In-Person Seminars, please check the Seminar Calendar.

Aren’t able to attend a Seminar?
While our Seminars are a required step in your Pathway to Surgery, we understand you may not be able to attend a Seminar at this time. As a result, if you would like to start the intake process now, please click here. Once we receive your information, you will be contacted by one of our office staff to schedule you for an upcoming Seminar.

Already registered?
If you registered to take the On-Line Seminar but were unable to complete it in one sitting, please click here.

If you registered to attend an In-Person Seminar but would like to take the On-Line Seminar instead, please click here.


The Health Questionnaire must be completed for your initial consult to be scheduled. To complete your Health Questionnaire click here.

Please complete the Questionnaire as thoroughly and accurately as possible. This information is very important and required by most insurance companies to qualify for weight loss surgery.

Completing this information On-Line will help expedite your consult. Plan on allowing 30 minutes to complete the Health Questionnaire; however you can always save your work and finish later. Remember to have all your medications available for listing. All information will be kept confidential.


While it is not a necessary step in the Pathway process, we always recommend you confirm that your health insurance is covered with the Cleveland Clinic.

If you plan to go through your health insurance for coverage of surgery, we will verify your benefits for you. We will communicate to you both your benefits and any specific criteria which must be met for your insurance plan to cover surgery. Please see the Insurance and Financing section of our site for more detailed information.

If you plan to self pay, please contact 1-800-339-9829 directly to set up your consultation.



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