Nationally Recognized Bariatric Surgery Program
Clinically severe obesity carries with it serious health dangers, including an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and even death.
Since dietary and medical treatments have been largely ineffective in treating clinically severe obesity, the medical profession has turned to surgery as a low risk, more effective treatment.
At the nationally recognized Ellis Medicine Bariatric Care Center, we offer a comprehensive surgical weight loss program to help qualified patients succeed in safely and effectively losing weight and keeping it off.
Types of Bariatric Procedures
Your bariatric surgeon will determine which bariatric procedure is the most appropriate for you. Among the most common procedures performed are:
Who is a candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
A patient with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more (at least 100 pounds over ideal weight). Click on this Body Mass Index link to determine your BMI.
A patient with BMIs between 35 and 40 may also be considered if accompanied by a high-risk comorbid condition such as life-threatening cardiopulmonary problems (i.e., severe sleep apnea, Pickwickian syndrome, and obesity-related cardiomyopathy) or severe diabetes mellitus.
A patient with a BMI of 35-40 who also has obesity-induced physical problems that interfere with lifestyle may also be considered (i.e., obesity prohibits a person from being treated for a joint disease, or body size problems preclude or severely interfere with ones employment, family function and/or ability to walk).
A candidate for bariatric surgery at Ellis Hospital is required to meet one of the BMI criteria above and have a letter of medical necessity from his/her primary care physician. Please review the required steps for weight loss surgery candidates.
Ellis Commitment to Quality
At the Bariatric Care Center our commitment to quality of care and patient safety is second to none. We are a designated Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This means that we meet and/or exceed nationally set criteria and standards for bariatric care. In fact, our patients experience fewer complications than the national average for these types of surgeries.
We also offer regular support groups to ensure you have the continued guidance and emotional support you need to be successful. Learn more...
For more information about Weight Loss care at Ellis Medicine, please call 518.243.1313.