Bariatric Surgery: Complete Patient Guide

  • Cause & Effect of Obesity
  • Which Procedure
  • Financing & Insurance
  • Life After Surgery
  • Diet After Surgery
Big factors are out of your control... Compare lap band, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, DS & others... Mix & match options depending on your situation... What to expect & how to maintain the new you... Short- and long-term changes to stay on track...

"Bariatric Surgery Source is the best out there for patient-focused weight loss surgery information."

Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatric Surgeon &
Center of Excellence
WLS Surgical Associates

The 10 Steps to Bariatric Surgery Success

Click the following links to learn more about each step...

Not sure where to begin?

For a condensed version of the information linked from the 10 steps listed above, see our Bariatric Surgery Steps page.

You can also click one of the following topics to get started depending on how far you’ve progressed towards developing the new you

Cause and Effect of Obesity
Before tackling obesity with surgery or less invasive means, it is important to understand what you're up against. Does fast food cause obesity? Is there such a thing as an obesity virus? Are obesity and genetics related? This section covers everything you need to know about why people are obese along with obesity's emotional and physical consequences.

Bariatric Treatment
From learning how to calculate BMI and what it means to determining whether surgery is right for you to figuring out your next steps, this page is a great place to start your weight loss surgery research. 

Types of Weight Loss Surgery
Start here if you are already certain that you fit the profile for surgery (we recommend starting on the bariatric treatment page if you’ve just recently started looking into weight loss surgery).

Potential procedures include...

Life after weight loss surgery
This page will guide you towards a better understanding of your post-surgery life and how to reach and maintain your weight loss surgery goals, including recovering from surgery, health implications, relationships, pregnancy after weight loss surgery, plastic surgery after weight loss, weight gain after bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery support groups, online weight loss support and real-life patient experiences.

Cost of Bariatric Surgery
Learn what each surgery costs both in the United States and around the world.

Find out how to reduce the cost of surgery through insurance, financing, tax breaks and unerstand where you're money's going.

Financing Bariatric Surgery & Weight Loss Surgery Insurance
If you’ve already chosen your procedure or if you’re trying to figure out whether you can afford weight loss surgery and treatment, start here.

We’ve covered it all, including tax implications, your unique financing options, ways to keep the overall price down, Medicare bariatric surgery and bariatric surgery insurance ( including VBG, DS, gastric bypass and lap band insurance ).

Bariatric Surgery Complications & Bariatric Surgery Risks
Worried about whether or not surgery is safe?

Review and compare the complete list of possible complications, their treatments, ways to avoid them and which apply to each type of surgery.

Bariatric Diet
Regardless of which type of weight loss surgery you choose, your diet will change significantly forever. This section will help you understand those changes.

Topics include what your new diet will look like, how to stick to it, which bariatric vitamins you’ll need, bariatric recipes recommended by doctors and patients and the right bariatric eating techniques to avoid problems.

About Bariatric Surgery Source

From research on obesity to reaching your weight loss surgery goals, we’ll be with you every step of the way... your complete guide to a new you.

New information published every week...

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We understand the day-to-day challenges that obesity has caused. And we know how difficult it can be to choose the right surgery, figure out how to pay for it, find the right surgical team and adjust to your new post-surgery life. 

Regardless of where you are in the process, here you will find the latest research and most up-to-date surgeon-approved information and recommendations.1

Bariatric Surgery Source is designed to help you find answers quickly...

  1. Use the Navigation Menu in the left margin and at the top of the page to work your way through the research timeline by topic.
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  1. Recommendations throughout this site are not necessarily based on the opinions of a single bariatric surgeon. Rather, they are based on research and studies published in  peer-reviewed medical journals and/or clinical research databases or based on general industry consensus as verified through non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering the effectiveness of weight loss surgery and/or to reducing the negative consequences of obesity.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this web site is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as nor should be relied upon as medical advice. Rather, it is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician(s). Before you use any of the information provided in the site, you should seek the advice of a qualified medical, dietary, fitness or other appropriate professional. Read More