Ohio State is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program specializes in helping people with severe obesity, a condition that puts people at very high risk for suffering from other chronic and life-threatening medical problems. Ohio State is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®, which means we are recognized for our commitment to the highest levels of care, quality and safety. More weight-loss surgeries are performed at Ohio State than at any other program in central Ohio.

Recognition as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is an honor bestowed by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery after an institution has passed a rigorous 10-requirement review of its surgeons, staff, services and facilities. Compliance with these requirements to earn the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® designation demonstrates Ohio State’s dedication to offering patients the highest standards of quality care and safety.

Start your weight loss journey now!

Call 614-293-5123 to register for a free information session:

  • Learn about the benefits of bariatric surgery at Ohio State
  • Meet Ohio State's bariatric surgery team
  • Learn more about surgery options 
  • Ask questions
  • Hear success stories from bariatric surgery patients
  • Receive an application packet for weight-loss surgery

Upcoming sessions are held from 6-7:30 p.m., and will be offered:

  • Monday, February 16
  • Thursday, March 26
  • Tuesday, April 7
  • Thursday, April 23
  • Monday, May 11
  • Thursday, May 28
  • Thursday, June 25
  • Monday, July 13
  • Thursday, July 30
  • Monday, August 10
  • Thursday, September 24
  • Tuesday, October 13
  • Thursday, October 29
  • Thursday, November 19
  • Thursday, December 17

Sessions are located at Ohio State's Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Pavilion Auditorium, 2050 Kenny Road in Columbus. Parking is free.

View our online information session and download our bariatric application by clicking the button below.

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Bariatric Surgery Options

Bariatric Surgery Options

Gastric Banding

An adjustable band is placed around the upper stomach, creating a small stomach pouch that limits food consumption and creates a feeling of fullness.

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Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y, creates a small pouch in the stomach. 

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

A thin, vertical sleeve of stomach is created and the rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner.

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Surgery Comparisons

See a comparison of surgery options. 

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Why Choose Ohio State

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With 30+ years of bariatric surgery experience, Ohio State teaches surgeons from across the nation how to perform bariatric surgery

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Bariatric Center of Excellence

Designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


Wellness Support

Ongoing nutrition, fitness and wellness support is available following surgery, including fitness center and warm-water pool programs

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Central Ohio Leader

More weight-loss surgeries performed than at any other program in central Ohio, with 95% performed using minimally invasive techniques


Nationally Recognized

Nationally Recognized

Nationally recognized academic medical center with expertise for related health needs including heart, diabetes and plastic surgery

Team of Experts

Team of Experts

Team approach with supportive physicians, nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists to personalize a weight-loss plan to meet your specific goals and needs

Our Success Stories

Nancy Davis enjoys biking

Nancy enjoys cycling

"To wake up every morning and know you are no longer fat, you have plenty of clothes in your closet that fit, you can cross your legs, walk all day and constantly have a smile on your face is truly a gift and a blessing. I would recommend bariatric surgery for anyone who is fighting the obesity battle. If you work the program as you are told, it will get you where you need to be.”

Rhonda Mayberry buys vegetables

Rhonda no longer takes blood pressure and diabetes medications

Rhonda was fearful of surgery and put it off. But at 5’2” and 399 pounds, she knew she had to do something.  With the support of family and the Ohio State Weight Management team, Mayberry had surgery and lost 240 pounds. She no longer needs blood pressure and diabetes medications. And, she’s more mobile – able to enjoy life with family and friends. “My energy level is though the roof, my thinking and outlook are better and I’m not handicapped like I was before,” Rhonda says proudly.

Tony Sylvester exercises to stay fit

Tony's knees don't hurt anymore

“I was 55 years old, 367 pounds and I could feel my quality of life slipping. I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do or the things I should be able to do. Now, I’m 57 years old and 117 pounds lighter. My knees don’t hurt anymore. I stopped snoring. My blood pressure is better. Now I feel I’ll be around long enough to enjoy retirement with my wife and my son.”

Journey to Weight Loss

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Information Session

Attend or view online a free, mandatory information session

  • Learn the benefits of surgery (View online)
  • Hear how surgery has helped others
  • Find out about surgery options
  • Ask questions


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Check your insurance coverage

  • Is bariatric surgery covered?
  • Are Ohio State surgeons covered?
  • If out of network, what benefits apply?
  • Is a Primary Care referral needed?


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Information Packet

Complete your information packet

  • Receive and complete information packet
  • Identify past diets, medications, surgeries, etc.
  • Download a bariatric surgery application packet
  • Return completed packet




Complete consultation and evaluation

  • Meet with psychologists, team dietitians and nurse practitioners
  • Determine if you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery

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Pre-surgery Preparation

Prepare for surgery

  • Begin pre-surgical weight-management classes that will  prepare you for long-term success
  • Meet with your surgeon to discuss options and ask questions


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Have surgery

  • Admission on day of surgery
  • Procedure takes approximately 60-90 minutes
  • Typically, requires 1-3 day hospital stay


After Surgery

After Surgery

Receive post-surgical support

  • Surgeon will see you in hospital
  • Receive discharge information and education
  • Attend support programs to aid successful weight loss/maintenance and diet/lifestyle changes
  • Optional participation in Center for Wellness classes at warm-water pool or fitness center
  • Optional referral to plastic surgery specialist



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