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Beginning Your Weight Loss Journey

Date: February 4, 2013

Angel Pirog, bariatric surgery patient, and her daughter Lillian
Angel Pirog, bariatric surgery patient, and her daughter Lillian

If you’re obese and have tried numerous approaches to lose weight, especially if you have a disease linked to obesity, bariatric surgery may be the next step in your quest to get healthy.

According to surgeons from the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery, you could be a candidate for surgery if you’re 100 pounds or more overweight or your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 kg/m2 or higher. You also could be a candidate if your BMI is between 35 and 40 and you have significant obesity-related disease.

To learn how bariatric surgery helped Angel Pirog (pictured with her daughter Lillian) meet her weight loss and other personal goals, watch the video, “A Patient’s Perspective on Bariatric Surgery,” online at Johns Hopkins Bayview Bariatrics.

Interested in Bariatric Surgery?

Candidates who are interested in bariatric surgery are required to attend a free information session, either in person or online, where they will learn about program requirements and how to navigate the insurance approval process.

Information sessions are held at Johns Hopkins Bayview and Howard County General Hospital.

To register, visit If you do not have computer access, call 410-550-KNOW (5669).

For more information about bariatric surgery, call 410-550-0409.

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