What is Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) sets minimum requirements for patients seeking bariatric surgery as a treatment option.


You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery:

  • if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
  • if you have a BMI of 35 or greater, with at least two obesity-related health conditions.
  • if you have a documented history of failed weight loss attempts.

Calculate your BMI.

Our Approach

Our comprehensive team will guide you through the process every step of the way to ensure you reach your weight loss goals. The process involves:

  • Attend a bariatric information seminar
  • Consultation at a surgeon’s office
  • Pre-op testing and evaluation
  • Nutritional evaluation with registered dietitian (including pre- and post-op education and support)
  • Pre-op psychological evaluation
  • Medical clearance from your primary care physician, if required by the bariatric surgeon
  • Pre-certification through insurance
  • Meeting any pre-surgical requirements mandated by the medical insurer
  • Surgery
  • Post-op consultation with surgeon, nutrition counseling, exercise medicine, support groups and more

Surgical Weight Loss Options

University Hospital offers surgical solutions to address significant weight loss challenges and help patients establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A large number of weight loss surgeries are performed laparoscopically, commonly known as minimally invasive. These procedures are performed through a few small incisions, involving the use of thin instruments and a camera.

This technique lends itself to a less invasive procedure, as compared to conventional open surgery, and potential benefits include fewer complications, less pain, less time in the hospital, and reduced recovery time overall.

University Hospital offers the following Weight loss surgery procedures:

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (commonly referred to as the “gastric sleeve”)
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Bariatric Surgery & Smoking

In order to be eligible for bariatric surgery, candidates must be non-smokers. If you currently smoke and are considering bariatric surgery, this may be the time to quit. University Hospital offers a Smoking Cessation Program that addresses tobacco treatment through one-on-one and group counseling, and phone and email support. For more information, click here or talk to you patient navigator.

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