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Metabolic and Weight-Loss Surgery / Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric or metabolic weight-loss surgery treats obesity – a medical condition in which your body stores too much fat. This causes serious lifestyle challenges and health complications. The accumulation of excess fatty tissue becomes detrimental to your health. You may be a candidate for bariatric or metabolic weight loss surgery based on your body mass index (BMI) and two or more obesity-associated conditions.

Obesity raises your risk of life-threatening heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Weight-loss surgery can lower your health risks and enhance your quality of life.

Bariatric surgery may be an option if:

  • Your body mass index (BMI) is over 40.

  • You have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and have two or more obesity associated conditions, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes or heart disease.

To find out your BMI, use our calculator:

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Your category

Underweight = Less than 18
Healthy weight = 18–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obese = 30–34.9
Severely obese = 35–39.9
Morbidly obese = 40 and over

At Temple Health, weight-loss surgery is part of healthy, lifelong weight management. Our compassionate multidisciplinary team guides you – from early consultations through ongoing support.

Bariatric Weight-Loss Procedures

Your doctors discuss procedures, including benefits, complications and risks. Temple surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery.

Bariatric surgery generally involves one or both of these approaches:

  • Restrictive surgery – Restricts how much you eat by reducing the size of your stomach

  • Malabsorptive surgery – Changes how you absorb calories and nutrients by changing your digestive tract structure

Bariatric procedures include:

Download our bariatric surgery checklist >

An Experienced Team at Two Locations

Losing weight – and keeping it off – takes teamwork. The Temple multidisciplinary team works together to help you reach your weight-loss goals. With decades of experience in bariatric care and complex surgical procedures, we understand the unique challenges of obesity. At Temple Health, you receive high-level care that includes:

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

To learn more about bariatric surgery, catch one of our upcoming free informational seminars. Or, sign up to watch the online seminar whenever it's convenient for you.