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The benefits of weight loss surgery

When diet, exercise and medication aren’t working, weight loss surgery may be an option for treating morbid obesity. Research shows weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is the most effective way to achieve long-term weight loss. The benefits go beyond what you see on the scale. It can also improve a wide range of other health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea.


There are three steps required for an initial consultation:

  • If you decide bariatric surgery is right for you, complete the new patient paperwork and e-mail the paperwork to or fax to 918-550-6503
  • A team member will reach out you within two business days or you can call 918-376-8410.
  • We’ll verify your insurance benefits at no cost after we receive your paperwork

At the Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center, we’re with you every step of the way. We offer complete care throughout the entire process with modern treatment options combined with education and support programs. Our multi-disciplinary team works together to create customized plans to provide the most individualized experience possible.

Bailey Medical Center is recognized as a CIGNA 3 star Bariatric Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery, Aetna Institute of Quality as well as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Plus based on safety, surgical outcomes and program education.

When it comes to weight loss surgery, each insurance has its own benefits and exclusions. We can help. Just fill out a form located here. Our financial counselors will reach out to your insurance to verify benefits.

We also recommend you verify your own insurance. For frequently asked questions about insurance, visit this page.

Bariatric surgery may be an option for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. If you have other serious health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, bariatric surgery may be beneficial if your BMI is between 30 and 40. If your BMI is below 30, you will not qualify for surgery.

Use the BMI calculator below to see if you qualify.


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Nicotine use, whether from cigarettes, vapes, cigars, gums, e-cigarettes, patches or smokeless tobacco can increase the risk of complications and slow down healing after surgery. Nicotine can cause your body to work harder, and it can interfere with blood flow, oxygen levels and the immune system. Patients must be nicotine-free for eight weeks prior to scheduling an appointment. Please call to schedule eight weeks past your nicotine-quit date.

The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center offers several types of procedures, including:

Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) gastric bypass

This is the most common procedure. A surgeon creates a small pouch from the stomach and connects it directly to the small intestine. This helps lower the amount of food you can eat in one sitting.

Sleeve gastrectomy

This procedure removes about 80% of the stomach, leaving a long, tube-like pouch. This smaller stomach can't hold as much food. It also produces less of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin, which can curb your desire to eat.


Similar to a sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure also divides part of the small intestine. This surgery offers weight loss along with less hunger, more fullness, blood sugar control and diabetes improvement.

Post-op care is critical to the long-term success of bariatric patients. We have made a decision as a program to focus on and provide access to those patients who had surgery at Bailey Medical Center. However, if you need routine follow-up and had bariatric surgery at another MBSAQIP Bariatric Center of Excellence then we will look at these situations on a case-by-case basis. The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has specific safety and education standards that govern those programs that receive their Center of Excellence accreditation. This does eliminate all bariatric surgical programs in Mexico. Patients who had surgery in Mexico are not eligible for post-op follow-up at Bailey Medical Center. Please reach out to us at 918-376-8410 or

We offer free virtual and in-person seminars that answer many patients’ most frequently asked questions. You can also reach out to our bariatric coordinator anytime at or 918-376-8410.

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Additional Questions

We offer free virtual and in-person seminars with more detailed information on bariatric surgery and our program. You can also contact us at or 918-376-8410 for additional information.