Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is an option for those who are severely overweight and have been unsuccessful in losing weight with sustained diet and exercise. Bariatric surgery is minimally invasive (performed laparoscopically through small incisions) and works by limiting the amount of food you can eat at one time and help you to feel full sooner.
The bariatric surgery program starts long before your scheduled surgery date. In fact, you’ll begin making weight loss progress several months before surgery as you begin making lifestyle changes with the help of our nutrition and fitness specialists. Nutrition and fitness counseling prepare you for both surgery and life after surgery. It is also required by most insurance companies.
Prior to surgery, you will also meet several times with your surgeon and discuss your surgery options. Our surgeons perform gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. The physician will help you decide which option is best for you.
Bariatric surgery options
We perform gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. Our surgical weight loss program is designed to be the most comprehensive in the Lehigh Valley region due to the fitness requirement. The process from beginning to end is outlined below.
Who is a candidate?
You may qualify for weight loss surgery if:
- Your BMI is above 40
- Your BMI is above 35 AND you have at least one obesity-related health condition
- You are between the ages of 18 and 65
- You are willing to commit to serious lifestyle changes
- You are willing to participate in long-term follow-up care
- You are will to take prescribed vitamins and minerals long-term
- You are a nonsmoker or willing to give up tobacco
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