The National Institutes of Health (NIH) created a list of guidelines and criteria to determine qualified candidates for bariatric surgery. Candidates should:
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):
According to recent medical reviews, most bariatric surgery patients experience improvements in pre-existing conditions related to obesity:
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.
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.
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.