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About the Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Program

Am I a candidate for surgery?

If you have struggled over the years to manage your weight with diet and exercise alone, surgery may be an option.

To qualify, patients must be:

  • 18 or older
  • Have a BMI* of 40 or 35-39.9 with at least one of the approved obesity-related co-morbidities, which include having high blood pressure (on medication), having high cholesterol (on medication), having documented heart disease, having documented sleep apnea or Type 2 diabetes (on medication).

*BMI, or body mass index, is a measurement of body size based on height and weight. Calculate your BMI here.

What steps do I need to take before I am scheduled for weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing procedure. For that reason, all participants meet with our team – our bariatric surgeon, dietitian, and patient navigator – several times before surgery.

We require health screenings by your primary care provider and a mental health provider. Program participants will be required to attend four online classes and will need to have lab work taken throughout the process. There may be additional requirements, depending on your insurance coverage.

Participants will also need to lose weight and begin an exercise program before their operation.

What if I am too large to exercise?

The goal for each patient is to lose an initial amount of weight before surgery. No mater your weight, there are ways to be active. For example, some patients who are unable to walk can do seated exercises.

How will my diet change?

The nutritional component is a critical part of the Bariatric and Weight Management Program. Prior to surgery, patients will be asked to modify their diet to restrict the intake of carbohydrates. For example, for breakfast, a protein bar makes a great alternative to a scrambled eggs and toast.

By reducing the amount of carbohydrates consumed, patients will lose that initial portion of the weight before surgery.

How should I prepare for surgery?

We provide a comprehensive list of what you need to do to prepare for surgery. Preparation will vary slightly depending on the type of surgery that is determined to be right for you.

What type of support is available after surgery?

Stay connected with us! Your follow-up appointments are key for long-term success; some people attend support groups, which are made up of people who have gone through weight loss surgery. Our patient education materials provide you with additional ideas, too.

We’re Here to Help

Our team is here to support you along the way and give you the education and accountability you need to be successful, but this is going to be hard work!

Weight loss surgery is a tool and not a “quick fix” or “magic pill.” Ready to take the first step in a life-changing journey? Interested in learning more? Our team of surgeons, dietitians, navigators, surgical schedulers and front desk staff look forward to developing a plan to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are two types of bariatric surgery your surgeon will discuss with you:

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy 

This procedure restricts the amount of food that can be eaten; your surgeon will create a smaller stomach pouch, known as a sleeve. Another effect of the surgery is decreased secretion of a hunger hormone, called ghrelin.

Diagram of gastric sleeve procedure

Gastric Bypass
This procedure both restricts the amount of food that can be eaten and decreases the absorption of nutrients and calories.

Diagram of gastric bypass surgery

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