Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above or are more than 100 pounds overweight – or if you have a BMI of at least 35 with two obesity-related illnesses such as type II diabetes or sleep apnea – you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and elsewhere indicates that weight loss surgery may be the most effective method for losing weight and keeping it off for those with a chronic history of obesity who have tried and failed other methods to control their obesity.

Bariatric surgical procedures include those that cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, those that cause weight loss primarily as a result of malabsorption of nutrients, and those that cause weight loss both by gastric restriction and malabsorption. Most bariatric procedures today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

Dr. Andrew Averbach, Dr. Isam Hamdallah and their surgical team offer the  safest and most effective primary bariatric surgical procedures, as well as revision bariatric surgery:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Each of these procedures offers risks and benefits, and Drs. Averbach and Hamdallah will work with you individually to ascertain which surgical weight loss solution is right for you.

We pride ourselves on not only providing technical expertise and surgical knowledge, but a comprehensive program which answers all of the emotional and psychological needs of a bariatric patient as well.  Our bariatric program offers:

High Standards

Education & Prevention

Uncompromising Safety

Unparalled Expertise

A Positive Experience

Extensive Support

We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your weight loss journey and look forward to helping you make your dreams a reality!

How Do I Calculate My BMI (Body Mass Index)?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a medical indicator based upon the height and weight of adults, 20 years and older.  To compute your BMI, enter your height and weight then click the “Find your BMI” button.




BMI Categories:

Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25 – 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 – 34.9 Obese High
35 – 39.9 Severly Obese Very High
40 and Over Morbidly Obese Extremely High
50 and Over Mega Obese Extremely High
60 and Over Mega-Mega Obese Extremely High
The cost of weight loss surgery varies widely depending on the procedure you get. For example, it’s less expensive to get mini gastric bypass or gastric sleeve than it is to get roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Yes: most insurance providers cover weight loss surgery under bariatric procedures. These are treated differently than experimental procedures or cosmetic procedures. For this reason, most weight loss surgeries are covered by insurance and you can get insurance to pay for a large portion of the cost.
There is no “safest” weight loss surgery. The type of weight loss surgery we recommend depends entirely on individual differences. For example, some patients might think they need gastric bypass while we may recommend that they get the gastric sleeve procedure instead.
Depending on the procedure, very light exercise can be started within days of getting surgery. We recommend all patients start with a brisk walk for a few minutes a day. Over time, patients can start adding more exercises to their regimen. When the incisions heal, it’s safe to start swimming as swimming is light on the joints and is incredibly effective exercise.

In Affiliation with Saint Agnes Healthcare


For more than 150 years, Saint Agnes Hospital has been dedicated to the art of healing by providing exceptional care to the greater Baltimore area. Built on a strong foundation of excellent medical care and compassion, Saint Agnes is committed to providing the best care for our patients for many years to come.