Why Bariatric Surgery?

Welcome to Swedish Medical Center’s Metabolic and Bariatric Center of Excellence. Visiting our website is the first step in your weight-loss journey … so congrats! Weight-loss surgery is a tool to help you change your life if you want to lose weight, eliminate health problems, and therefore, improve your quality of life. At Swedish, as part of our comprehensive program, we will guide you from beginning to end on this journey as you strive to lose weight and gain years back on your life.

Qualifying for Bariatric Surgery

Several factors must be taken into account to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Your BMI score is a starting point for you and your doctor. Generally speaking, patients with a BMI of 35 or higher are good candidates for weight-loss surgery.

Personal Readiness
Weight-loss surgery is much more than just an operation. It takes a personal commitment and understanding that this is a process and can take some time. Nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modifications are all part of the weight-loss journey and can only be achieved through persistence. We are here to help and make this as seamless as possible. Click here to see the steps of our weight-loss surgery program. (link to “Steps” section).

Additional Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Inability to lose weight through diet and exercise
  • Surgeon, primary care physician, psychiatrist, medical specialists, and bariatric team all agree surgery is the right option
  • Well-informed of benefits, risks, and complications associated with bariatric surgery

Swedish Medical Center offers open, laparoscopic and robotic bariatric surgery. Learn more about robotic bariatric surgery: