Ohio State is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

The Ohio State 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.

More weight-loss surgeries are performed at Ohio State than at any other program in central Ohio. We are recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Ohio State is dedicated to offering patients the highest standards of quality care and safety. Our team approach involves supportive physicians, nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists. Following your surgery, we provide ongoing nutrition, fitness and wellness support, including fitness center and warm-water pool programs.

Find out if bariatric surgery is the right weight-loss option for you by taking part in one of our bariatric surgery information sessions.

Bariatric surgery options

Learn about the different bariatric surgery options available at Ohio State. To compare the benefits and risks of each type of surgery, view our bariatric surgery comparison.

Gastricbypass Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery aids weight loss by reducing the stomach size, leading to a fuller feeling after eating less.

GastricSleeve Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy

With sleeve gastrectomy, patients lose about 60-70 percent of excess weight within 18 months after surgery.

Gastricbanding Gastric Banding

Gastric Banding

Gastric banding is an adjustable and reversible form of bariatric surgery.

Our success stories

Davis Nancy

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.”

Mayberry Rhonda

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, Rhonda 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.

Sylvester Tony

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.”

Why choose Ohio State



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


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

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




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?



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


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




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



Patient success story

Sisters Christine and Mary share their struggle with weight loss and how bariatric surgery changed their lives.

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