WHS provides surgical treatments for weight loss to Washington and surrounding communities. Surgical procedures are performed at WHS Washington Hospital.

There are several types of weight loss or bariatric surgery. We offer three procedures. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable lap banding. Upon a comprehensive evaluation, our surgeons will recommend the best surgery for you.

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if:

  • You are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 of more
  • Your BMI is between 35–40 with comorbidities, such as:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • heart disease
    • high cholesterol
    • sleep apnea
    • high blood pressure
    • osteoarthritis or other physical conditions related to obesity

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. You can find your BMI using the following formula: [Weight in pounds/(Height in inches2] x 704.

Our healthcare team will calculate your BMI and make a plan to improve your health and quality of life with surgical treatment and nutrition education. At WHS, we understand people dealing with morbid obesity.

Obesity is a disease with many treatment options, many of which you may have probably already tried, including:

  • prescription medications
  • diet programs
  • exercise plans

Studies have shown people can lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight but tend to regain two-thirds of it within one year and almost all of it within five years.