Long-Term Weight Loss Solutions: Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

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Are you tired of making annual weight loss resolutions at the start of every New Year? It may be time to explore bariatric surgery—a safe, proven and effective treatment option with lasting results. Research continues to illustrate the effectiveness of bariatric surgery (or weight loss surgery) on long-term weight management. It can also resolve or improve obesity-related diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea. 

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Why choose Overlake’s bariatric surgery program?

As the most comprehensive surgical and medically monitored weight loss program in the Puget Sound region, Overlake combines nutritional and behavioral consultations, as well as a support group facilitated by the program dietitian, behavioral therapist and nurse manager, to ensure patients incorporate the healthy lifestyle changes that are critical to their success.

The Overlake Bariatric Surgery Program has received a five-star rating from Healthgrades for eight years. During this time, we have also been a five-time recipient of the Healthgrades Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award. This Excellence award recognizes the program as among the top 10% of hospitals evaluated in the nation. In 2022, our program was the only hospital in Washington state to achieve the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award.

Read weight loss surgery success stories by Overlake patients.

Do you qualify for bariatric surgery?

Patient selection for metabolic and bariatric surgery is based on the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines. Individuals are considered candidates for surgery if they meet all the following criteria:

  • Body mass index (BMI)* is equal to or greater than 40 kg/m² or if BMI is greater than 35 kg/m² with an obesity-related health problem such as coronary artery heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea. 
  • Has attempted and failed non-surgical weight loss.
  • Be well informed and motivated.
  • Understand risks, benefits and long-term consequences of surgery.
  • Are psychologically stable.
  • Have no existing medical conditions which may affect a good surgery outcome.

Please check with your health insurance for details on coverage.

At Overlake, we understand the challenges you face, and we are here to support you on your weight-loss journey. Overlake's Bariatric Surgery Program offers an array of treatment options tailored to your individual needs, empowering you to achieve your weight-loss goals and regain control of your health.

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