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Bariatric Surgery

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Johns Hopkins bariatric surgery experts recognize that obesity is a debilitating disease of mind, body and spirit - and we want to help.

  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery is recognized as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center with Adolescent Qualification by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
  • The Weight Loss Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss options. The center will be applying for accreditation with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program in 2018.
  • Our surgeons have performed more than 5,000 bariatric surgery procedures.
  • Our teams at both Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offer ongoing support groups pre- and postoperatively to assist our patients through this lifestyle change.

Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

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A Patient's Perspective on Bariatric Surgery

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.

Calculate Your Body Mass Index by Entering Your Height and Weight Below

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What Surgery Options Are Available?

Bariatric surgery is a procedure that decreases the size of the stomach, decreases the absorption of foods in the intestinal tract or both. Bariatric surgery is an aid to lose weight – it alone is not a cure. Patients will be required to take nutritional supplements, exercise and follow up with periodic lab testing to ensure postoperative health. There are several possible procedures for bariatric surgery. We will work with you to decide which procedure is best for you.

We offer the following surgical options for weight loss (click on each to learn more):

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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

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Adjustable Gastric Banding System

What are the Benefits and Risks?

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

According to recent medical reviews, most bariatric surgery patients experience improvements in pre-existing conditions related to obesity:

  • Diabetes was completely resolved in 77 percent of patients and was improved in 86 percent.
  • High blood pressure was resolved in 62 percent of patients and improved in 79 percent.
  • Abnormalities in lipids were improved in 70 percent or more of patients.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea was completely resolved in 86 percent of patients.

Bariatric Surgery Patients Also Typically Experience:

  • Increased energy
  • Extended life span
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Weight loss
  • Lower risks of future obesity-related diseases

Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Surgery to produce weight loss is a life-changing event. If you are thinking about surgery, you should understand what the operation involves. Prior to having any procedure, patients and health care providers should carefully consider the benefits and risks.

  • Bariatric surgery is similar to other abdominal operations. There is a chance of complications.
  • Following operations aimed at restricting the amount of food or nutrient intake, there is greater risk of nutritional deficiency. It will be necessary to take vitamins and supplements to prevent deficiencies.
  • Patients may develop ulcers in the stomach or small intestine, dumping syndrome or gallstones.

Women should avoid pregnancy until their weight becomes stable and are encouraged not to become pregnant for 18 to 24 months following obesity surgery. Rapid weight loss and nutritional deficiencies can harm a developing fetus.

Sign up to Attend one of our Upcoming Information Sessions

Deciding to have bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision. We strongly encourage potential candidates to learn as much as they can prior to the procedure. Our information sessions will help you learn more about the program requirements, surgical weight-loss options and the insurance approval process. Potential candidates must complete an information session before scheduling a consultation.

Select a Location and Time

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Baltimore

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Bayview Medical Offices Building
Baltimore, MD 21224

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Baltimore

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Bayview Medical Offices Building
Baltimore, MD 21224

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DC

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Sibley Memorial Hospital
5215 Loughboro Road, NW
Medical Office Building A, Conference Room #1
Washington, DC 20016

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Baltimore

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Bayview Medical Offices Building
Baltimore, MD 21224

We also offer an online information session that you can view now. After watching the information session video (about 20 minutes long), you will need to complete your health history packet and email, fax, or mail it to our center. We will review your information, and contact you to schedule your first appointment. Click here to begin the online information session.

Baltimore City

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery is conveniently located off I-95 on the 130-acre Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus. Our bariatric surgery patients benefit from nutrition counseling, support groups and post-surgical follow-up to help ensure their success.

 

Baltimore City

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery is conveniently located off I-95 on the 130-acre Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus. Our bariatric surgery patients benefit from nutrition counseling, support groups and post-surgical follow-up to help ensure their success.

 

Washington, DC

Saturday, August 24, 2019
10 to 11:30 a.m.

At Sibley Memorial Hospital, we offer one-on-one personal care as well as group classes. In addition to surgery, we provide nutrition counseling, exercise training and close follow-up after surgery. Our beautiful and private campus is conveniently located in Washington, D.C.

 
 

Baltimore City

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
4:30 to 6 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery is conveniently located off I-95 on the 130-acre Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus. Our bariatric surgery patients benefit from nutrition counseling, support groups and post-surgical follow-up to help ensure their success.