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Bariatric Options for Healthy Weight Loss

Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, can be a life-saving treatment for individuals struggling with excess weight. But weight-loss surgery is not for everyone. Successful weight-loss surgery requires serious lifestyle changes and a commitment to a healthier you. The bariatric specialists at Saint Vincent Hospital are here to help you decide if this powerful treatment may be a good fit for your situation.

Who Qualifies for Weight-Loss Surgery?

Weight-loss surgery is for those who have tried to lose weight, but struggled with traditional methods. Individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more may be candidates for surgery. If you have certain medical conditions, you may qualify with a BMI of 35 or more.

Not sure what your BMI is? This BMI Calculator can help you find yours.


Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

BMI Calculator

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.Enter the following information and calculate your BMI.

Your results:

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Being underweight may weaken your immune system and increase the risk of malnutriation and osteoporosis.
Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Some of the benefits of achieving a healthy weight include decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self - esteem.
Some of the benefits of achieving a healthy weight include decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self - esteem.

Underweight

Less than 18.5

Normal

18.5 to 24.9

Overweight

25 to 29.9

Obese

30 or greater

  • Note: Results of the BMI calculator are based on averages.
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  • Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S.Department of Health and Human Services.

All Bariatric Surgery Services

A Lifelong Commitment

The Bariatric Medicine Program is not a “quick fix” for weight loss — there are many steps required to achieve success. For one, there is a lot of time involved, and a serious commitment to change is required. For individuals who undergo weight-loss surgery, the surgery itself is not the end of treatment. Time is needed for appointments with doctors, surgeons, nutrition education specialists and behavior medicine specialists both before and after surgery. A strict nutrition program will be necessary after surgery to maintain positive weight-loss results.

Nationally Accredited Bariatric Center

MBSAQIP Accredited Center sealSaint Vincent Hospital has been accredited by MBSAQIP at the American College of Surgeons. This means that Saint Vincent Hospital has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the American College of Surgeons.

Getting Started

Our bariatric medical weight-loss program combines treatments and techniques in nutrition, medicine, psychology and surgery to achieve weight loss and improve health. Weight-loss treatment is centered on making permanent eating and behavior changes in addition to surgical solutions. Here’s how you can get started on this next step in your weight-loss journey:

 

  • Meet with a Bariatric Internist for a consult. A complete physical by your primary care provider is needed within six months of this visit.
  • Attend individual meetings and group sessions with a Nutrition Education Specialist.
  • Meet with a psychologist for an initial assessment; attend a six-week class, with others, on learning new behaviors; and schedule regular follow-ups. Additional appointments may be required.
  • Achieve lifestyle changes, including required weight loss, and attend all scheduled appointments. Doing so will demonstrate that you’re committed to long-term changes.
  • Connect with a weight loss specialist today

 

Weight loss surgery may be an option for adults with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious health problems related to obesity. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like any surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

Are you a Candidate?

Find out if weight loss surgery is right for you.

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