Bariatrics and Weight Loss

Is bariatric surgery right for you? Your weight loss options

Happy young Black male and female smiling to each other while spending time at home because they know what if bariatric surgery is right for them.


Is bariatric surgery right for you? Find out if this life changing weight loss procedure is the solution you have been looking for so you can feel your best.


By Craig L. Floch, MD, Associate Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery, Nuvance Health


Are you grappling with weight loss and wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer? Learn the benefits, considerations, preparation process and recovery phase associated with bariatric surgery so you can determine if this life-changing weight loss solution is the right one for you.


Learn more about Nuvance Health’s comprehensive weight loss program.


Benefits of bariatric surgery for weight loss


Bariatric surgery offers numerous benefits to individuals struggling with obesity and related health issues. If you are thinking about getting weight loss surgery, here are some key advantages to consider:


Sustainable long-term weight loss: Bariatric surgery provides a more permanent solution to severe obesity compared to traditional methods like diet and exercise. By altering the size of the stomach or the digestive system route, it helps you feel full sooner, consume fewer calories and lose excess weight.


Related content: How fiber can help manage your weight and feel full


Improvement in obesity-related health conditions: Bariatric surgery can significantly improve or even resolve health issues linked to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint pain. This leads to a healthier life and reduces the risk of further obesity-related complications.


Enhanced quality of life: Beyond weight loss, bariatric surgery can improve mobility, self-esteem and mental health, leading to a more fulfilling life. After surgery, individuals often participate in activities they previously avoided and feel more confident in their personal and professional relationships.


However, it is crucial to discuss potential benefits and risks with your doctor before making a decision as you weigh the question, “Is bariatric surgery right for me?”


Considering surgery for weight loss? Book now with a bariatric surgeon.


Evaluating if bariatric surgery is right for you


Bariatric surgery is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. Eligibility typically includes a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or more with obesity-related health conditions, and unsuccessful attempts at other weight loss methods. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery offers a free BMI calculator tool. Learn more about the BMI calculator.

There are various types of bariatric procedures, each with its own advantages and considerations. It is important to consult with a qualified bariatric surgeon to determine the most suitable procedure for you.


Like all surgeries, bariatric procedures have potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, blood clots and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is important not to undergo bariatric surgery without a thorough understanding of these risks.


At Nuvance Health, our team of experienced bariatric surgeons provides compassionate care and comprehensive support throughout your weight loss journey.


Related Content: 5 tips for losing weight for healthy aging through the years


Preparing for bariatric surgery


Proper preparation for bariatric surgery is key to its success. This includes:


Dietary and lifestyle changes: Significant changes to your diet and lifestyle are required before surgery to prepare your body for the procedure and optimize outcomes.


Psychological evaluation: Bariatric surgery involves psychological transformation. A thorough psychological evaluation is crucial to ensure you are emotionally prepared for the changes ahead.


consultations and tests before surgery: These consultations allow your healthcare team to assess your health, review your medical history and address any concerns or questions you may have.


Consultation with a doctor can guide you through the process and help determine if bariatric surgery for weight loss is the right choice for you.


Recovery and aftercare following bariatric surgery


Post-surgery care and recovery are integral to long-term success after bariatric surgery. At Nuvance Health, we prioritize your well-being and provide comprehensive support throughout your journey.


Following surgery, you will spend several days in the hospital for proper healing and management of any potential complications. Speak with your doctor about specific instructions to help you along in the recovery process following your surgery. Following surgery, your doctor might recommend specific dietary guidelines. Make sure to take advantage of regular follow-up appointments with your doctor, support groups and educational resources to help you navigate your journey and celebrate your achievements.


Learn more about nutrition counseling at Nuvance Health


Related Content: Myth busters: the truth behind common nutrition myths


 The bottom line: Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing solution if you are struggling with obesity and related health issues. It offers sustainable weight loss, improvement in obesity-related health conditions, and enhanced quality of life.


However, the decision to undergo bariatric surgery should be made after careful consideration and consultation with your doctor. At Nuvance Health, our team of experienced bariatric surgeons provides compassionate care and comprehensive support throughout your weight loss journey.


Book now with a bariatric surgeon to learn more.