You must meet certain guidelines to have bariatric (weight loss) surgery. These requirements help to make sure that surgery is a good choice for you and that you have a strong chance for success.
The criteria we use includes:
- Age – Between 18 and 70 years
- BMI (body mass index) – 40 or higher or 35 – 40 with significant associated health problems
- Weight-loss history – Past attempts to lose weight
- Commitment – Dedication to significant lifestyle changes and follow-up care
- Health – No diseases that cause excess weight
- Mental health – No alcohol, drug or emotional problems
- Understanding – Aware of surgery risks
Bariatric surgery is not a cure for obesity. You must also change your diet, activity and other aspects of your health. Our specialists help you decide if surgery is a good choice and which surgery is right for you.
Bariatric Surgery Options
Often, you can have a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, which uses smaller incisions to help you recover faster.
We offer three options for bariatric surgery:
- LAP-BAND® surgery is the least invasive type of bariatric surgery we offer. An adjustable band is placed around the upper part of your stomach to create a small pouch. This becomes your "new stomach." It is much smaller, so it limits how much food you can eat.
- Vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) is a more permanent change to your body. Your upper stomach is folded and divided with staples and a band to create a small pouch that becomes your "new stomach." This new stomach is smaller, so it reduces the amount of food you can eat. This pouch holds your food and then slowly empties it into the rest of your original stomach.
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common weight-loss surgery in the United States. It also is one of the most invasive weight-loss surgeries and can have the most side effects and complications. Your upper stomach is stapled to create a small pouch that is divided from the rest of your stomach. The pouch becomes your "new stomach," and part of your intestine is attached to the pouch. This is called bypass surgery because most of your original stomach is bypassed.