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Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is an approach to help you improve your health and quality of life by losing weight.

Is excess weight affecting your life and your health? Bariatric surgery may help you reach a healthier weight. This surgery alters your digestive system. For the surgery to be successful, you must change your diet and lifestyle. In most cases, the surgery is not reversible. So if you’re considering surgery, learn all you can about it before you decide. Bariatric surgery also has a number of potential risks and complications that you need to discuss with your surgeon.

Qualifying for surgery

Surgery is not for everyone. To qualify:

  • You must have a BMI of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 or more plus a serious obesity-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.

  • You must be healthy enough to have surgery.

  • You may be required to have a psychological evaluation.

  • You must have tried to lose weight by other means, such as diet and exercise.

Surgical procedures available

Sleeve gastrectomy

This is also called the gastric sleeve. This is a type of surgery that removes up to 80% of the stomach. The surgery turns the stomach into a narrow tube that looks like a banana. The sleeve holds much less food, and you feel full faster. The sleeve also works by gut hormones that change how full or hungry you feel.

Gastric bypass

This is also called a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. During this surgery, your surgeon separates part of the stomach to create a small pouch. The pouch is then attached to a part of your small intestine. The gastric bypass reduces the amount of food you can eat at one time as well as decreases your hunger and makes you feel full faster. It also reduces the number of calories and nutrients you can absorb from the foods you eat. The gastric bypass also works by gut hormones, that results in less hunger, faster fullness, and improved diabetes resolution.

Bariatric surgery staff

  • Lynn Eckrote, EdD, MPAS, PA-C
    Bariatric surgery coordinator
    Phone: , ext. 27111
  • Ghazali A Chaudry, MD, FACS
    Program director
  • Afsana Sharmin, PA-C
    Surgeon APP
  • Debra Waite, RDN
  • Dr. Florencia Pahl
  • Stephanie Teberion, RN
    Clinical reviewer
  • Dr. Visala Muluk
    IMPACT physician

We're proud to be an accredited metabolic & bariatric surgical center

Our bariatric surgery program is the first federal facility from both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to earn the national recognition of accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Our center has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to quality that has earned the confidence, respect, and trust of patients making a lifetime commitment to healthier living.

Seal for the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program