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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if I am a candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

A: Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 40, (or your BMI is 35 or higher with one or more obesity-related health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure). Check your BMI. 

 You are at least 18 years old. 

 Your insurance may have additional requirements.


Q: How much weight can I expect to lose after surgery?

A: Most patients lose between 60 and 85 percent of their excess body weight over a period of 12 to 18 months with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Gastric banding patients lose about 50 percent of their excess body weight over three to five years. And gastric sleeve patients lose about 60 percent of their excess body weight by 18 months after surgery.


Q: What do I need to do after surgery?

A: After surgery, regular and long-term follow-up with a dietitian and your surgeon is necessary to monitor weight loss and any complications that may occur, and to provide diet counseling. If you develop any complications or any new major health problems, call your surgeon immediately.


Q: How do I pay for surgery?

A: Your insurance provider can help determine if your plan offers bariatric surgery as a covered benefit. Contact your insurance provider by calling the number on your insurance card. We offer a self-pay option if your insurance does not cover the surgery.


Q: How many procedures does Ohio State perform each year?

A: OSU Bariatric Surgeons perform more than 300 procedures each year.


Q: I think Bariatric surgery is right for me, what is my next step?

A: You will want to attend one of our of our free monthly information sessions. For dates and times and to register click here or call us at 614-293-5123 or 800-293-5123.


Q: Why should I choose Ohio State for my bariatric surgery?

A: Ohio State's board-certified surgeons are the most experienced in central Ohio. Our qualifications include:

  • Performing weight-loss surgeries for nearly 30 years — more than 100 each year.
  • Offering the most advanced technology — minimally-invasive bariatric procedures result in less scarring and faster recovery times for patients.
  • Training other physicians on advanced bariatric procedures. Hundreds of physicians trained at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center are now performing surgical weight loss in central Ohio and around the country.
  • Achieving major and minor complication rates far better than the national standards.

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