What is Bariatric Surgery?

Every successful bariatric procedure helps people lose weight in two ways:
  • Smaller food capacity – every option leaves less space for food
  • Metabolic and hormonal changes to reduce the drive for excess fat storage


In other words, our bariatric procedures make it easy to become full with a small amount of healthy food, and they should also help our patients be satisfied with small amounts of food.


Currently, bariatric procedures are almost always done using minimally invasive techniques for the least pain, quickest recovery, and best visualization.


Together, our group has performed almost 10,000 bariatric operations. Our focus every day is to provide optimal bariatric surgical care, helping our patients get back the life they deserve.


Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, was developed in the 1950′s and has been revised over time to be a safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity. In 2005, an estimated 175,000 people in the United States underwent bariatric surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Currently, there are two basic approaches to weight loss surgery: restrictive operations and operations that combine restriction and malabsorption. Restrictive procedures (such as a adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy) simply limit the amount of food that a person can eat at one time. Combination procedures (such as gastric bypass) help give patients the feeling of satisfaction from only a small amount of food and lessen the amount of calories that are absorbed from the food eaten.


Bariatric surgery has proven to be not only the most successful method for weight loss, but is also responsible for the resolution or improvement of many other serious medical problems. For example, studies have shown a resolution of Diabetes in 83% of patients, and an 82% risk reduction for cardiovascular disease. Gastroesophageal Reflux is resolved in 72-98% of cases, as well as 74-98% of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. There are several studies that are also showing a significant decrease in several cancers as well. Overall, there is a 30-40% reduction in 10-year mortality.


Your surgery is only the first step towards your successful weight loss. Follow-up with our medical team is critical to ensure you maximize your weight loss and that you safely do it. Lab work needs to be done periodically to monitor your nutrition and vitamin levels, and regular post-op visits are necessary to make sure you are on the right track in terms of your diet, exercise, and behaviors.


Weight loss surgery is a lifetime journey; not a one-time event. We look forward to helping you on this journey every step of the way..