Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery for Lasting Weight-loss

For most people, diet and exercise do not provide long-term, sustainable weight loss. Bariatric surgery can provide the lasting appetite reduction that helps people lose weight for good.

Our accredited bariatric surgery program offers this life-changing surgery at our east side medical center, in partnership with Oregon Health and Science University. Our surgeons are specially trained in advanced weight-loss surgery techniques.

Not sure if bariatric surgery is right for you? Start with our risk assessment to determine if you might be a candidate for bariatric surgery.

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Benefits of bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is a safe, effective procedure to help you lose weight. It must be combined with diet and lifestyle changes.

The benefits of permanent weight loss are many.

  • Greater self-esteem
  • Improved mental health
  • Easier movement and less pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less risk of cancer and heart disease
  • Improved or resolved Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea

Types of bariatric surgery

We work with you to decide what type of weight-loss surgery is right for you.

  • Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of your stomach to lower food intake. It also reduces hunger signals to your brain.
  • Gastric bypass surgery routes food around most of your stomach. You become full with smaller meals, and your body absorbs fewer calories.
  • Duodenal switch surgery reduces the size of your stomach and bypasses part of the small intestine. You feel full sooner, your body absorbs fewer calories, and the hunger signals from your stomach and intestines are reduced.

When needed, we also help patients with removal of gastric bands from previous surgeries.

Supporting you at every step

Your weight-loss surgery begins with an extensive presurgery evaluation and education program. Virtual visits and online classes make this convenient for patients no matter where they’re located.

The program includes:

  • A bariatric surgery seminar.
  • Assistance with insurance eligibility.
  • Appointments with nurse practitioners, dietitians, physical therapists and psychologists.
  • Weight-loss classes.
  • A treatment plan.
  • A patient navigator call.

Considering bariatric surgery? Watch a free OHSU Health bariatric surgery seminar now to learn more.