Wondering if weight loss surgery is right for you?
You may benefit from weight loss surgery if you’re at least 18 years old, at least 100 pounds overweight, or your BMI is 40 or higher (or at least 35 and have one or more weight-related health conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes).
Our comprehensive surgical weight loss program includes visits with our bariatric surgeon, a dietary consultation and a psychological evaluation. You'll work closely with your surgeon to determine which procedure is best for you. We offer vertical sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.
Check with your health insurance provider to see what is covered in your policy and verify any specific requirements.
Before your surgery, your surgeon will want you to understand the problems your excess weight is causing and understand the advantages, disadvantages and risks involved with the procedure. Your responsibilities as a patient, before and after surgery, will include incorporating new lifestyle changes, including commitment to behavioral, dietary and activity modifications for the rest of your life.
Our program may be right for you if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Have a BMI of 40 or greater, weigh at least twice your ideal weight or weigh at least 100 pounds (45 kilos) more than your ideal weight
- Have been overweight for more than 5 years
- Have made serious attempts to lose weight that have only had short-term success
- Don’t have any other disease that may have caused you to be overweight
- Are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle
- Are willing to continue working with the specialist who is treating you
- Don’t drink alcohol in excess or actively use tobacco products
- Don't have uncontrolled psychological conditions
Our program may not be right for you if you:
- Have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis (irritation or inflammation of the esophagus) or Crohn's disease
- Have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for any surgery
- Have some other disease that makes you a poor candidate for any surgery
- Have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach or other major gastric complications
- Have an abnormal esophagus, stomach or intestine (congenital or acquired), i.e., you have a narrowed opening
- Have portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the veins that filter blood from the intestines through the liver)
- Have cirrhosis
- Have chronic pancreatitis
- Are pregnant
- Are addicted to alcohol, drugs or tobacco products
- Are under 18 years of age
- Have an infection anywhere in your body or one that could contaminate the surgical area
- Are on chronic, long-term steroid treatment
- Can’t or don’t want to follow the dietary rules that come with this procedure
- Might be allergic to materials in the device
- Have an autoimmune connective tissue disease or symptoms of such a disease, or if someone in your family has this type of disease
Risks, Complications and Adverse Events
All surgical procedures have risks. When you decide on a procedure, you should know what those risks are. Talk with your surgeon in detail about all the risks and complications that might arise. Then you’ll have the information you need to make the decision that’s right for you.
Risks and complications can include, but are not limited to:
- Gastric leakage
- Heartburn or indigestion