Ohio State is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

At Ohio State, our bariatrics program specializes in fitting surgical procedures to individuals with severe obesity. And we’re not just concerned with helping you lose the weight – we also want to help lower your risk of associated medical conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, which can lead to heart failure, heart attack, blood clots and stroke, among other issues.

Ohio State was the first in central Ohio to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program using a team of experts in psychology, nutrition, exercise physiology, endocrinology and more to ensure your long-term success. Our team approach involves physicians, nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists to personalize a weight-loss plan to meet your specific goals and needs. We are dedicated to offering you the highest standards of quality care and safety. We know that your weight-loss journey doesn’t end after surgery. That’s why we provide ongoing nutrition, fitness and wellness support, including fitness center and warm-water pool programs. Find out if bariatrics is the right weight-loss option for you by attending one of our bariatric surgery information sessions.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a weight-loss technique that changes the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract (the stomach and digestive system) and creates physiological changes in the body that alter energy balance and fat metabolism. In Ohio State’s Comprehensive Weight Management Program, bariatric surgery is combined with guidance on nutrition, exercise regimens and behavior changes tailored to each individual to help them reach long-term success.

Why bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for weight loss in people who have a BMI of 35 or above. Many people in this group may have temporary success with changes in diet and exercise and/or by using diet pills, but research shows that much of the weight lost is likely to return over the years.

Bariatrics has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity-related medical conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Often, those who reduce their weight to a healthier level are able to take fewer medications to treat their obesity-related conditions.

Learn more about Bariatric Surgery

Learn more about Bariatric Surgery


Why choose Ohio State for Bariatric Surgery?

  • With more than 30 years of bariatric surgery experience, Ohio State teaches surgeons from across the nation how to perform this surgery.

  • More weight-loss surgeries are performed at Ohio State than at any other program in central Ohio, with 95 percent performed using minimally invasive techniques.

  • Ohio State is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

  • Our bariatric surgery program sees complication rates much lower than national standards.

  • Ohio State was the first in central Ohio to perform minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery.
"The physicians and staff members at Ohio State are so positive; they made me feel like my surgery day was going to be the first day of the rest of my life." Melissa Bariatric Surgery Patient
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