Bariatric Surgery

If you are obese, you're not alone. In the United States, 1 in 3 adults is obese. Morbid obesity is a chronic, clinical condition that may be difficult to treat with diet and exercise alone. It's a major contributor to the leading causes of death: heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The Memorial Weight-Loss Surgery Program offers outstanding clinical expertise and experience, recognizing that surgery is not a quick fix, but a strategic move toward a healthier lifestyle.

Bariatric Surgery Options

We offer several bariatric (weight-loss) surgical options, including:

  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass 
  • Adjustable gastric banding (Lap Band® System)
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

Learn more about our types of bariatric surgery.

Each bariatric surgical option includes a structured follow-up plan, ongoing guidance and support by dedicated experts.

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About Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgeries can promote weight loss in three ways:
  • Limiting the amount of food you can eat at one time, by reducing the functional size of the stomach
  • Reducing the amount of calories the small intestine can absorb
  • Controlling a patient's hunger for food, by diminishing the hormonal drive to eat

Successfully maintaining weight loss from surgery depends on the patient's commitment to eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Eligibility for Surgery

We can help you determine whether weight-loss surgery is the right option for you. The following are general guidelines that help determine if you are eligible for weight-loss surgery.

  • Age 18 or older
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 40, or BMI of 35 to 40 with other significant medical conditions
  • Failure to lose weight with physician-guided diets and exercise regimens
  • Absence of medical problems that might make surgery unsafe

Attend a seminar to learn if you’re a candidate.

Cost of Surgery

The cost of weight-loss surgery varies. Differences among insurance companies and insurance policies affect the amount of reimbursement a patient receives. Some insurance policies specifically exclude obesity treatment, or they have such strict guidelines for bariatric surgery that many people fail to qualify. If you learn that your insurance does not cover weight-loss surgery, contact our office to discuss other options to help you achieve your goal.