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Determine Whether Bariatric Surgery is the Best Option for Your Health

Why Consider Bariatric Surgery?

According to the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, surgical treatment is medically necessary because it’s the only proven method of achieving Long Term Weight Control for the morbidly obese person. This is not cosmetic surgery. The surgeon does not remove any fatty tissue during this procedure.

All bariatric procedures provided at the Bariatric Care Center at Providence are intended to reduce the volume of food our postoperative patients can consume. By eating smaller amounts of food much slower, digestion is enhanced and patients can take the time to enjoy the taste of healthier foods. The dietary instruction is provided to our patients to assist them in improved food selection. Our diet encourages high protein, low calorie dietary intake.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Bariatric Surgery. 

Bariatric Surgery is a Resource on the Road to Health

Our patients are first educated in our program about all three procedures provided by the surgeon. Patients do need to know the differences and similarities among the various procedures. Bariatric patients talk to other patients and there are times when misinformation is conveyed. For examples, our patients need to know that initial weight loss various with the type of procedure. Weight loss success is directly proportional to the level of effort and commitment to post operative instructions. The post-operative instructions vary with the operative procedure. Ultimately, the patient must be actively involved in making healthier food choices, consuming protein and water. 

How Providence Physicians Determine if Bariatric Surgery is Right for You 

The following factors will be considered in determining if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery: 

  • You have tried to lose weight by changing your eating habits and exercise and are still severely obese.
  • You are unable to perform routine daily activities without being seriously affected.
  • You understand the procedure and the lifestyle changes you will need to make after bariatric surgery.
  • You are motivated to make a lifelong behavioral commitment that includes well-balanced meals and physical exercise.
  • You understand that this surgery won't solve all your problems, but can make you healthier -- and probably much happier.
Before patients undergo surgery for morbid obesity, they must qualify for our bariatric program. Our basic program guidelines are: 
  • Being 100 pounds or more over your "ideal body weight," according to the established weight charts.
  • Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 with no co-morbidities or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.
  • Being able and willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes.

BMI Categories: 

Underweight: less than 18.5
Normal: 18.5-24.9
Overweight: 25.0-29.9
Obesity (Class 1): 30-34.9
Severe obesity (Class 2): 35-39.9
Morbid obesity (Class 3): 40-49.9
Super-obesity: over 50

Connect with a Bariatric Surgery Specialist

For more information about Bariatric Surgery or our services, please call (877) 9YES-I-CAN (993-7422) or (202) 448-4080.

Main hospital Phone: (202) 269 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180