What is Bariatric Surgery

You are ready to explore bariatric surgery, but what exactly is it? What really happens in surgery? How will the surgery affect your body?  There is a large amount of information that comes along with understanding and preparing for bariatric surgery. We answer some questions here, but for the most helpful information, we invite you to attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars at the hospital, or view the seminar online in the comfort of your own home.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon alters the amount of food your stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of calories and nutrients, which results in dramatic weight loss. The most common types of bariatric surgery are gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion, with duodenal switch (BPD/DS).

How is Bariatric Surgery Performed?

All St. Francis Health bariatric procedures are minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgeries.

What Qualifies Me for Bariatric Surgery?

Obesity is measured by calculating a person’s body mass index, or BMI. If a person’s BMI is greater than or equal to 35, or the person is at least 100 pounds overweight, he or she is considered obese.  To qualify for bariatric surgery, a person must have a BMI of 40 or greater, or have a BMI of 35 with co-morbidities. Co-morbidities are health conditions a person has developed as a result of obesity.

Some co-morbidities are:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Degenerative Arthritis of Weight-Bearing Joints

Additional Resources

We encourage you to research as much as possible before making a decision about bariatric surgery. Some resources that we recommend are:

How Long Will I Have to Wait for Surgery?

There are several requirements before you can proceed with the actual surgical procedure. Explore your next steps towards surgery and schedule time to attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars.