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Bariatric Surgery

What is bariatric surgery?

We know that carrying excess weight can have a negative impact on your wellbeing, potentially leading to low self-esteem and long-term illness. At Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), we are pleased to offer a number of effective measures that can help you reduce your body mass index (BMI), and live a more confident and fulfilling life. These include a dedicated Weight Management Program and bariatric surgery.

Our bariatric surgical team offers two types of procedure to help reduce your weight – gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Both procedures are performed under general anesthetic and use minimally invasive laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.

Please note that while bariatric surgery is highly effective in helping to tackle obesity and reduce weight, it is not intended as a substitute for a balanced diet and physical exercise. Instead, it is a way of empowering you to adopt a healthier long-term lifestyle. To help you achieve this, our surgical procedures are complemented by expert guidance on managing your weight after surgery.

To receive surgery, you must be at least 18 years old, a registered patient at a JHAH facility and be able to live and move around independently.

Treatments, services and procedures

During this procedure – which typically takes between two and three hours – we will use surgical staples to ensure that the food you eat bypasses part of your digestive system, effectively reducing the size of your stomach. As a result, you will absorb fewer calories and be less able to digest sugary foods. If you have type 2 diabetes, a gastric bypass can improve or even eliminate the condition.       

Taking between one and two hours to complete, this procedure will involve the surgical removal of a large portion of your stomach, to restrict the volume of food you are able to eat. Unlike a gastric bypass, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy does not require rearrangement of the intestine. The benefits are similar, however, with evidence that health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can go into remission.

What to expect from bariatric treatment

Bariatric treatment at JHAH does not begin and end with surgery. To give you the best possible chance of long-term maintenance of a healthy BMI, we will formulate a personalized plan for you, and ensure you receive expert care and guidance to manage every stage of your weight-loss.

You will first meet with the bariatric team, who will talk you through your personalized plan. Our team of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and psychologists will help and encourage you to implement your plan in readiness for your surgery. During this time, we will ensure that you understand the benefits and risks associated with your procedure.

We take care to ensure that our procedures are as minimally invasive as possible. With 99 percent of our procedures performed via laparoscopic or keyhole surgery, you can expect to return to work or other activities within seven to 14 days.

You will continue to receive consultations with our team after your surgery. Please note that during this time, it is vital that you adhere to a diet, and adopt a pattern of exercise, that will help to maintain your weight loss and support the benefits of surgery. If you are interested in receiving bariatric surgery at JHAH, please speak to your Primary Care physician.

Find out more with our bariatric surgery patient process infographic

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