About Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery, or weight-loss surgery, can effectively help patients lose weight and improve health. Our bariatric surgeons work with patients who have been unsuccessful at other types of weight loss and who qualify for the surgery. USA Health offers a range of surgical options, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding (also known as lap band). For patients who have undergone a previous bariatric procedure that didn’t result in adequate weight loss or had complications, we offer revisional bariatric surgery options.
When considering bariatric surgery, keep in mind that the weight loss is only part of your experience. Weight-loss surgery can also provide an effective cure or relief for diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other health problems associated with obesity.
People struggling with obesity should try to lose weight through appropriate dieting and exercise. However, if you have failed at multiple diets and cannot get medical problems related to weight under control, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. We take a comprehensive approach to the surgery with a six-month weight-loss plan and required seminars for anyone who decides on surgery.
Obesity and other health conditions resulting from being morbidly overweight can increase risks for patients from the surgery and anesthesia. Possible complications include respiratory problems, infection, cardiac conditions, leaks where the intestine and stomach are sutured together and blood clots. This is not a cosmetic surgery and should only be considered by patients who are seriously obese. You should discuss risks with our bariatric surgery team.
Anyone considering bariatric surgery or wanting more information about weight loss can attend monthly informational seminars, which are free and open to the public. Our bariatric program staff provides details about the different surgical procedures, physical therapy and body contouring for patients following surgery. See a schedule and location of upcoming seminars.
Some insurance plans cover weight-loss surgeries, and we accept Medicare patients under age 70. However, patients of the USA Center for Weight Loss Surgery without insurance coverage have the option of financing surgery through Prosper Healthcare Lending.
New Patient Forms
New patients of the USA Center for Weight Loss Surgery can save time by preregistering prior to their first appointment by filling out patient forms here.
Weight Loss Surgery Video
Dr. William Richards delivered a Med School Café lecture for the USA College of Medicine titled “Surgical Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.” You can watch the lecture in its entirely below. Dr. Richards provides information on surgical options for treating obesity and Type 2 diabetes, as well as the impact these procedures have on improving patient health and quality of life.