The National Institutes of Health (NIH) created a list of guidelines and criteria to determine qualified candidates for bariatric surgery. Candidates must:
Bariatric surgery is a procedure which 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 good postoperative health. There are several possible procedures for bariatric surgery. Medical professionals at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery will work with you to decide which procedure is best for you.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery offers 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 serious and life-altering event. If you are thinking about surgery, you should completely understand what the operation involves. Prior to having any procedure done, 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 each potential candidate to learn as much as possible prior to the procedure. Our information sessions will help you learn more about the program requirements, surgical weight loss options, and how to navigate the insurance approval process. Potential candidates must complete an information session before we can schedule a consultation.
To get started, we ask that you view the narrated presentation below (about 20 minutes in length).
Please complete the form below, stating that you have watched the video, and that you would like to request an appointment with one of our bariatric surgeons. After you submit your contact information, you will be guided through our appointment process.
We also offer in-person seminars in Baltimore City, where you will meet our staff, have the opportunity to ask questions, complete your health history, and start the process for scheduling your first appointment. Upcoming in-person session dates and locations can be found here.