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Johns Hopkins Center for
Bariatric Surgery

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As experienced members of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery team, we recognize that obesity is a debilitating disease of mind, body and spirit - and we want to help.

  • Our center has earned accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as a Comprehensive Center with Adult and Adolescent Qualifications.
  • Our surgeons have performed more than 5,000 weight loss surgery procedures.
  • Our team offers ongoing support groups pre- and postoperatively to assist our patients through this lifestyle change.

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

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

  • 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. Patients may qualify if they have a significant obesity-related disease and BMI is between 35 and 40.

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


What Surgery Options Are Available?

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):

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Sleeve Gastrectomy

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
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Weight loss
  • Lower risks of future obesity-related diseases

Risks of Bariatric Surgery

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.

  • Weight loss surgery is similar to any other major abdominal operation. There is always 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.

Online Bariatric Surgery Information Session

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).

Information Session PowerPoint Slide

This video provides an overview of our center, highlighting important details about procedures offered and information on the insurance approval process.

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.