If your weight is causing sleep apnea, high blood pressure or diabetes and other weight-loss methods haven't worked for you, the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery can help.

Patient Perspectives

Spencer's Story

At 22, Spencer didn’t have the life he wanted. He’d tried diets and exercise for years, but nothing worked. After bariatric surgery, Spencer lost over 80 pounds. He calls it “the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Jordan's Story

After seeking care for nausea and abdominal issues, Jordan learned that both his liver and spleen were enlarged. His lab values signaled end stage liver disease, which could ultimately require a liver transplant, but his heavy weight would most likely render him ineligible. He was referred to Johns Hopkins bariatric surgeon Michael Schweitzer, who performed laparoscopic robot-assisted Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Within a year, Jordan lost more than 200 pounds and experienced an entire shift in his life. Now, he enjoys being active outdoors and is looking forward to getting married.

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Comprehensive Bariatric Center with Adolescent Qualification by MBSAQIP

Am I a Candidate?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) created a list of guidelines and criteria to determine qualified candidates for bariatric surgery. Candidates should:

  • Have tried and failed other weight loss management regimens
  • Be healthy enough for surgery
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2 or higher (approximately 100 pounds overweight) or have a BMI between 35 and 40 with an obesity-related medical condition

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