Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is the nation's second leading cause of preventable death and is associated with multiple life-threatening medical conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Bariatric surgery is for obese patients who cannot lose weight through diet and exercise or have serious health problems caused by obesity. It is not performed for cosmetic purposes, but to address serious medical issues.

The types of weight-loss surgery offered at Memorial are:

  • Laparoscopic/Robotic Assisted Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Diagram

Weight loss is just part of the story.

Health benefits of bariatric procedures begin almost immediately after surgery and continue over time. Although individual results will vary, bariatric surgery is known to be an effective and long lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions. Mounting evidence also suggests it may be among the most effective treatments for metabolic diseases and conditions.

Potential benefits are:

  • Significant, sustained weight loss: Most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so until 18 to 24 months after the surgery
  • Control type 2 diabetes, with some individuals actually seeing a complete remission of their diabetes
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep)
  • Reduced joint pain; better mobility
  • Less heartburn (acid reflux)
  • Improved mood and self-esteem
  • More energy
  • Longer life