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Weight‑Loss Surgery

Weight-loss surgery is a big decision. You want to know you’re in the experienced hands of a highly-qualified medical team. And that’s exactly what you’ll find with the Bariatric Weight-loss Program surgery team at CentraState. After a rigorous evaluation, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has designated CentraState as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence for demonstrating a commitment to quality and safety, and a track record of favorable outcomes. 

When obesity takes over your life... 

Obesity can take a toll on every aspect of your health, lifestyle, and even your emotional well being. While diet and exercise alone can help many obese people shed unwanted pounds, others—due to genetics or other factors—may require additional assistance such as weight-loss surgery. 

Shed the weight and take back your life.

Our bariatric specialists perform gastric bypass surgery (open and laparoscopic (Roux-en-Y) surgery), gastric banding surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy surgery—options to meet differing lifestyles and health needs. Our Bariatric Weight-loss Program team of registered dietitians, sleep and pulmonary specialists, nurses and other medical professionals is here to guide and support you before, during and after your gastric bypass, gastric banding, or sleeve gastrectomy surgery to prepare you for the changes to come and help you achieve desired results. 

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding, and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery at CentrafState 

Bariatric surgery produces remarkable success rates and can completely change a person’s life. But it’s not right for everyone. Gastric bypass, gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries are major surgeries with associated risks. Plus, the surgery alone will not help you to reach your weight-loss goals. To lose and keep off the weight, you must follow strict dietary, exercise and medical guidelines, set within the CentraState Bariatric Weight-loss Program—for the rest of your life. This isn’t easy. It requires dedication and commitment.

At CentraState Medical Center, our bariatric specialists are trained and experienced in the leading surgical options: 

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. In gastric bypass, considered the "gold standard" in weight-loss surgery, surgeons alter the configuration of the stomach and small intestine to reduce the amount of food patients can eat and digest. For patients who meet certain medical criteria, gastric bypass surgery can be performed using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques. This approach can reduce blood loss, trauma to muscles and other tissue, risk of infection, length of stay in the hospital, pain and recovery time. The typical hospital stay for gastric bypass surgery is three days, and patients generally are able to return to work a few weeks after recovering from gastric bypass surgery.
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding. With adjustable gastric banding, the surgeon places an adjustable, silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food the patient’s stomach can hold. The adjustment process can be done on an outpatient basis in a matter of minutes and helps drive the rate of weight loss. This less invasive approach does not involve stomach stapling or cutting or intestinal rerouting. Adjustable gastric banding is the only adjustable and reversible surgical weight-loss option currently available in the United States.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy. In this laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedure, the surgeon reforms the stomach into a narrow banana shape by stapling off a large section of the organ. The surgery allows patients to lose weight by restricting the amount of food they can eat and preventing production of a hormone produced in the gastrointestinal tract associated with hunger. 

Our weight-loss surgery and weight-loss program support team includes: 

Are You a Candidate for Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding, or Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?

To qualify for weight-loss surgery:

  • You must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater (100 pounds over ideal body weight), or a BMI of 35 or greater plus a serious health problem such as high blood pressure. Calculate your BMI to accurately determine if your BMI meets the bariatric surgery requirement.
  • You must be healthy enough to have surgery.
  • You must be age 18-65.

Most health insurances are accepted for those who meet the above criteria. Check with your insurance provider prior to the surgery for coverage information. 

To protect your health before, during and after surgery, and to ensure the very best outcome, you will also be required to contact our weight-loss program team to:

  • Meet with your surgeon to provide a complete medical history.
  • Meet with a mental health professional for psychological evaluation.
  • Meet with sleep and pulmonary specialists for diagnostic testing.
  • Attend four 30-minute nutrition classes and one 45-minute nutrition class.Attend a one-hour, pre-surgery group orientation meeting with a registered nurse.

It’s important that your immediate family, or whoever is going to be supporting you during your weight-loss journey, attend the educational sessions with you.To assist you through the adjustment period following your weight-loss procedure, we offer educational support groups for up to one year after surgery as part the CentraState weight-loss program. Call (732) 308-0570 for more information. 

Setting Realistic Expectations

The goal of bariatric surgery is to help you lose the majority of your excess weight to improve or prevent health problems. Bariatric surgery is not performed for cosmetic reasons. 


  • You will need to change how you eat for the rest of your life. 
  • After bariatric surgery, you must commit to eating less and exercising more to lose and keep off the weight. 
  • You won’t reach a healthy weight right away. Most weight is lost during the first year and a half after bariatric surgery. 

You probably won’t lose all your excess weight. But you can reach a much healthier weight. 

Making the Decision

No other approach comes close to bariatric surgery for shedding excessive weight. The long-term success rates are excellent. Bariatric surgery provides a new lease on life in every way. But it’s a long journey that requires a significant commitment. In the end, the decision is yours. So learn all you can. 

If you have been struggling with obesity and would like to find out more information on weight-loss programs or weight loss surgery services at CentraState Medical Center, please call (866) CENTRA7. 

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If you have been struggling with obesity and would like to find out more information on weight-loss programs or weight loss surgery services at CentraState Medical Center, please call (866) CENTRA7. 

Webinar Archive 

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?
Seun Sowemimo, MD
Have you tried every diet under the sun? Do you feel like there’s nothing left to try and nowhere else to turn? Don’t give up. The Bariatric Weight-Loss Program at CentraState can help you to reach a healthier weight and eliminate or reduce the health risks associated with obesity. So, you’ll not only look better—you’ll feel better, too!   

View our Bariatric Weight-Loss Program Webinar for more information on the Bariatric Weight-loss Program at CentraState.