Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

Candidates for bariatric surgery are patients with a BMI (body mass index) over 40, or patients with a BMI over 35 who also experience life-threatening problems associated with being overweight, such as sleep apnea, hypertension, heart disease, or diabetes.

Some of the most common bariatric surgery procedures include gastric bypass (such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (also referred to as lap sleeve or gastric sleeve surgery).

After surgery, most patients can resume normal daily activities within a matter of days, and return to work in one to two weeks. Mild exercise will help you recover faster. In fact, you will take gentle, short walks even while you are in the hospital. You will start slow and then gradually build up your stamina over several weeks. Many factors will come into play in how quickly you recovery and your end results, including your age, genetics, exercise, and overall health.

Our specialists will work with you to help you determine whether bariatric surgery is right for you.

Our Physicians

  • Brent A. Lancaster, MD, FACS, FASMBS
    • General Surgery
    • Endocrine Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
    • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Spinal Approach Surgery
  • Jeremy L. Howes, MD, FACS
    • General Surgery
    • Trauma
    • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
    • Spinal Approach Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    • Hernia Surgery
    • Acute Care Surgery
  • Nicholas M. Brown, MD, FACS, FASMBS
    • General Surgery
    • Surgical Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
    • Bariatric Surgery
    • Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
    • Hernia Surgery