Bariatric Surgery Right for me? 

bariatric-surgery-appointments.jpgObesity is a national epidemic associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a highly effective tool to improve patient health dramatically and includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. At the University of South Alabama Center for Weight Loss Surgery, we give patients many surgical options for weight loss using bariatric surgery.


Who should consider Bariatric Surgery?

Not everyone should consider bariatric surgery. People should try appropriate dieting, exercise, and other ways to lose weight before considering bariatric surgery. However, if you have failed at multiple diets and cannot get your medical problems related to weight under control you should consider bariatric surgery.

The procedure has been most successful for people who meet certain bariatric surgery criteria. A person may consider bariatric surgery if they have already tried non-surgical weight loss treatments such as diet, exercise, and behavioral changes; they are between the ages of 15 and 64; and they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater. BMI is a simple way to calculate how obese you are. Click here for BMI Calculator.

A person should also consider bariatric surgery if they have no medical or hormonal reason for the obesity; they are fully informed about bariatric surgery and have realistic expectations of weight loss and possible complications; they accept the risks of bariatric surgery; they demonstrate a willingness to make dramatic lifelong changes in lifestyle, dietary habits, and exercise; and they commit to medical follow-up.

See if bariatric surgery is right for you by printing and completing this bariatric surgery checklist.

When considering bariatric surgery, keep in mind that the weight loss is part of your experience. The most important health benefit bariatric surgery provides is an effective cure or relief of diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other co-morbidities associated with obesity.


If you feel you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, the next steps are:

  •      Attend a weight loss surgery seminar (ours are held monthly). 
         Reservations and directions: (251) 471- 7413
  •      Obtain referral from your primary care provider (PCP).
  •      Have initial consultation with surgeon.
  •      Participate in six-month weight loss program
         supervised and documented by your primary care provider.
  •      Attend support group meetings.
  •      Verify benefits and obtain insurance authorization.
  •      Receive pre-operative testing.
  •      Receive pre-operative education.
  •      Surgery.
  •      Commit to lifelong follow up appointment and support groups.

For more information, read our glossary of bariatric surgery terms and visit To learn more about bariatric surgery at the USA Center for Weight Loss Surgery, call our Patient Navigator at (251) 434-3711.


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