Ohio State is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Why choose Ohio State?

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.


  • With 30+ years of bariatric surgery experience, Ohio State teaches surgeons from across the nation how to perform bariatric 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.
  • Recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Team of Experts:

  • Nationally recognized academic medical center with expertise for related health needs, including heartdiabetes and plastic surgery.
  • Team approach with supportive physicians, nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists to personalize a weight-loss plan to meet your specific goals and needs.
  • Dedicated to offering patients the highest standards of quality care and safety.
Wellness Support:

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

Weight Loss Surgery Options

About 95 percent of bariatric surgeries at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, meaning a surgeon inserts instruments through several small incisions. Rarely do Ohio State surgeons perform open bariatric surgery.
Each person is different, and choosing a surgery type will depend on your medical history, lifestyle and nutritional habits. Once you begin meeting with our experts, having open and honest discussions with them can provide you with all necessary information to choose a procedure that fits your needs.

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.

FeaturePageListingCalloutBariballoon Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon

The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical, temporary method of weight loss that must be removed within six months.

Journey to Weight Loss

Your Journey Starts Here

Information Session

The first step in the bariatric surgery process is attending or viewing online a mandatory information session. 

  • Learn the benefits of surgery
  • Hear how surgery has helped others
  • Find out about surgery options
  • Meet the surgical team
  • Ask questions

Information Sessions

Checklist - Steps to Get Started

Check Insurance Coverage


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?

Download insurance information for prior authorization:

CareSource, Molina, other Medicaid HMO's

Ohio State Prime Care


Complete Application Packet

Application Packet

Complete your application packet:

  • Download and complete information packet
  • Identify past diets, medications, surgeries, etc.
  • Return completed packet to the Bariatric Surgery Department:
    • Email: ObesitySurgery@osumc.edu
    • Mail of Drop Off: Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, 2050 Kenny Rd, 2nd Floor Pavilion, Suite 2500, Columbus OH, 43221
Special notice on email:

  • The Health System recognizes that patients may prefer email as a way to communicate with us.
  • Please be aware that information sent using email may not be secure. These is a possibility that information about you may be intercepted and read by other people. We will ask your permission before using unsecure email to communicate with you about your health care that involves your health information.
  • If you give us your email address, we may email you information about our products and services, tips about healthy living or when we open a new location.
  • Patients also ask us if they can email their providers about their health care. Whenever possible, we prefer that patients use MyChart to securely communicate with health care providers because of the inherent risk that email communications are unsecure.


Bariatric Surgery Application Packet

Evaluation Day


Complete consultation and evaluation:

  • Medical and dietary evaluations - these evaluations as well as your psychological evaluation will determine the type of weight management program, if needed, that will help you be most successful before and after surgery
  • Labs will be drawn; Other procedures may be ordered
  • You will be assigned a Program Coordinator to navigate you through the Bariatric Surgery Program
  • You will receive a call to schedule your 3 or 6 month weight management program if necessary

Prepare for 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

Surgery Day


Surgery Day:

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

Support After Surgery

After Surgery

Support After Surgery:
  • 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

Support Program Schedule:

For patients who have already had bariatric surgery, this support group meets the first and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-8 p.m. at Martha Morehouse Pavilion, Room 1066. For more information, call the clinic at 614-366-6675.

11/1/17 - Cooking Demonstration
(Facilitator: Jim Warner)

11/22/17 - Emotional and Behavioral Support
(Facilitator: Doug Kramer, MD)

12/6/17 - Relationships: The Pros and Cons
(Facilitator: Megan Ferriby, MS)

12/27/17 - Emotional and Behavioral Support
(Facilitator: Doug Kramer, MD)

1/3/18 - Prepare, Shop & Enjoy: Treating Yourself by Meal Planning
(Facilitator: Kelsey Russell RD, LD)

1/24/18 - Emotional and Behavioral Support
(Facilitator: Doug Kramer, MD)

2/7/18 - Slider Food Alternatives (BYO)
(Facilitator: Adam Freter, RD, LD)

2/28/18 - Emotional and Behavioral Support
(Facilitator: Doug Kramer, MD)

3/7/18 - Experiences of Weight Bias
(Facilitator: Megan Ferriby, MS)

3/28/18 - Emotional and Behavioral Support
(Facilitator: Doug Kramer, MD)

4/4/18 - Food is Fuel: Eating to Support Exercise
(Facilitator: Adam Freter, RD, LD)

4/25/18 - Emotional and Behavioral Support
(Facilitator: Doug Kramer, MD)

Patient Success Stories

Two Sisters Take Back Their Health

Sisters Christine and Mary struggled for decades with weight loss until bariatric surgery at Ohio State gave them their health back.

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.”

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.”

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.

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