All surgical procedures have risks and benefits, and our weight loss surgery team will assist you in carefully considering which weight loss procedure is best for you.

In order to qualify for bariatric surgery, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are 100 pounds higher than ideal weight, or have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 40
  • A BMI between 35 and 40 may qualify with associated conditions, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease or diabetes
  • Your previous weight loss efforts, including medically supervised diet plans, exercise and behavioral modification programs, have not proved successful long-term
  • You understand and are committed to the behavioral changes that are required after surgery

Testing necessary for weight loss surgery
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, your surgeon will order a comprehensive medical evaluation that may include:

  • Blood tests
  • EKG
  • Chest X-ray
  • Pulmonary function test (to check the health of your lungs)
  • Upper gastrointestinal X-ray
  • Gall bladder ultrasound
  • Psychiatric evaluation (to understand your motivations behind choosing bariatric surgery)

Our team will help you with all of your pretesting
Many of these evaluations are performed by a member of our bariatric surgery team, and can even be done on the same day. We will give you the referrals and a clear and simple list of who to contact. In addition, our bariatric coordinator can walk you through all the scheduling and paperwork.

Location Information

To find a bariatrics specialist, call 
202-877-3627 (3627).

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
106 Irving Street, NW
Physicians Office Building, Suite 3400
Washington, DC 20010