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Bariatric Surgery


Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, can help you lose weight by making your stomach smaller or changing the way your small intestine absorbs food. It’s done by surgeons who are specially trained in weight loss surgery.

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Weight loss surgery is one of the most effective treatments for achieving your weight loss goals. The benefits of bariatric surgery may include:

  • Improved health – Losing weight may help you improve weight-related health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, arthritis and heart and vascular disease.
  • Greater mobility – As you lose weight, everyday activities may become easier and you may become more active.
  • Positive emotional changes – When you feel better about the way you look, it can make you feel more confident, raise your self-esteem and improve your social life.

Bariatric surgery may be right for you if you’re between 18 and 74 years old and have:

  • body mass index (BMI), of 40 or more.
  • A BMI of 35 or more with a weight-related health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.
  • Have been unsuccessful trying to lose weight following a weight loss or diet plan.

The bariatric surgery team at PeaceHealth can help you decide if weight loss surgery is right for you.

Bariatric surgery at PeaceHealth

You don’t have to struggle with weight loss on your own. The weight loss team at PeaceHealth is here to help you succeed with your weight loss goals.

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Weight loss surgery expertise

PeaceHealth is designated as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This means you will receive quality care before, during and after weight loss surgery.

Expert surgeons

The bariatric surgeons at PeaceHealth offer advanced bariatric surgery approaches. Most of the procedures are done using minimally invasive methods. These methods use smaller incisions (cuts), which may help you to recover faster.

Comprehensive support

PeaceHealth offers a wide range of support — from informational seminars, dietitian and psychological expertise — to help you decide if surgery is right for you, to ongoing support and education that helps empower you to reach your weight loss goals.

An experienced weight loss team

PeaceHealth's bariatric surgery program offers the combined expertise of surgeons, weight loss experts and others who specialize in weight-related conditions. PeaceHealth has a diabetes wellness program, a sleep disorders center and a well-respected heart and vascular center. These resources are available to you to help you with healthy weight loss.

Treatments Provided

Gastric bypass surgery (Roux-en-Y)

This procedure creates a small pouch in your upper stomach that will become your new, smaller stomach. The pouch is connected to the middle part of your small intestine, bypassing the lower part of your stomach and the upper part of your small intestine. A smaller stomach helps you to feel full faster, because food bypasses part of the small intestine and fewer calories are absorbed.

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

This procedure creates a stomach pouch about the size of a banana — which is about 15 percent of your stomach’s original size. Similar to gastric bypass surgery, the smaller stomach pouch helps you feel full sooner. 

Post-surgery support (bariatric)

After your surgery, you will have a full spectrum of support available to help you reach your weight loss goals:

  • Dietitians trained to help you learn how to eat healthier.
  • Support groups to provide you encouragement from others who’ve had bariatric surgery and maintained their weight loss.
  • Ongoing education to help you embrace your new lifestyle and support you in the healthy habits you’ve learned.

Find a Location

PeaceHealth offers Bariatric Surgery in these cities:

All Bariatric Surgery Locations

2312 NE 129th St.
Vancouver, WA 98686
3377 RiverBend Dr
Suite 230
Springfield, OR 97477
505 NE 87th Ave.
Building B, Suite 301
Vancouver, WA 98664
2312 NE 129th St.
Vancouver, WA 98686
400 NE Mother Joseph Pl.
Vancouver, WA 98664
2901 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225