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About Bariatric Surgery


Bariatric and metabolic surgeries are some of the most commonly performed surgeries in the world. These surgeries are performed for the treatment of obesity and overweight conditions, as well as for metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Turning Point Surgical Weight Loss Solutions staff are experienced at all of the mainstream procedures offered today and are continuously updating practices and techniques to keep up with changes in medical science.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports obesity is an increasing, serious epidemic. In fact, approximately two-thirds of U.S. citizens are overweight.

In order to be considered for bariatric (weight loss) surgery, the following criteria must be met: a) degree of obesity on BMI assessment; b) obesity-associated medical problems; c) confirmation that other means for losing weight have been exhausted or at least attempted; and d) attendance at an informational seminar. Ultimately, the surgeon group, in collaboration with your physician(s), will determine whether you are a candidate for weight loss surgery.


  • Only patients considered morbidly obese (having a body mass index greater than 40) or those with debilitating health problems are candidates for bariatric surgery.
  • Surgical options are the last resort for morbidly obese patients.
  • Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix; surgery is most effective when paired with lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. Patients are encouraged to deal with emotional and psychological issues that may have contributed to their condition.
  • According to the NIH, bariatric surgery is the only effective therapy for morbid obesity and its complications. A variety of surgical procedures can decrease or correct many obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, asthma, cardiopulmonary failure, infertility and stress incontinence.
  • While complications are possible in any surgery, the rate of complications from surgery performed at an ASMBS Center of Excellence is extremely low – less than 1 percent. St. Francis is an ASMBS Center of Excellence.