Bariatric Surgery

UMass Memorial Medical Center offers a variety of programs and evaluation for bariatric (weight loss) surgery, which is known to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for morbid obesity and many related conditions.

Recognized for an ongoing commitment to safety and patient-focused care, our program has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center for weight loss surgery by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program since 2006. Our four surgeons together have more than 30 years of experience and have helped more than 4,000 patients reach their weight-loss goals through safe and effective bariatric surgery.  

According to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, bariatric surgery may be among the most effective treatments for diseases and conditions including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Are You a Candidate for Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if:

  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (about 100 pounds overweight)
  • You have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 AND a serious obesity-related health problem such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension or severe sleep apnea

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Bariatric Surgery from UMass Memorial Medical Center

We offer the most advanced bariatric procedures and most are done laparoscopically, without a major incision. This means less postoperative pain and a quicker return to full activities. Our minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding (lap band technique)
    This procedure involves the placement of an adjustable silicone band around the upper region of the stomach to create a small pouch. In the weeks and months following the procedure, the opening of the stomach can be adjusted by injecting or withdrawing fluid from a "port" under the skin that is attached to a balloon inside the band.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
    This is a new surgical weight loss procedure in which a large portion of the stomach is removed, leaving only a "tube" that greatly reduces the stomach's capacity, which helps to promote early feelings of fullness and reduces food intake.
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
    In this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created and connects directly to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and upper part of the small intestine, helping patients lose weight.