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Bariatric surgery is just the beginning of your weight loss journey. For long-term success, you need to commit to lifestyle changes that support maintaining a healthy weight.

At University of Maryland Medical Center's Center for Weight Management and Wellness, our team of weight-loss specialists is here to support you before and after your weight-loss surgery.

We perform both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries. Support services include:

  • Medical nutrition therapy to prepare you for your surgery
  • Bariatric surgery support group for patients after surgery
  • Follow-up care to guide you through your weight loss

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Surgery can be a good choice for adults age 18 to 70 who:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 and are more than 100 pounds overweight
  • Have a BMI between 35 and 40 (approximately 75 pounds overweight) and an obesity-related medical complication, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. (If you have not been diagnosed with these, you can ask your primary care physician to check.)
  • Have failed to lose weight through nonsurgical methods, including medical weight loss programs, diets and exercise. (Some health insurance companies require participation in at least one weight loss program before covering weight loss surgery.)

What Bariatric Surgery Requires

You must be able to commit to lifelong changes, including:

  • Making substantial changes in eating and exercise habits
  • Contact with a medical weight loss program, including follow-up visits with your weight loss team

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

If you're considering bariatric surgery, sign up for our free weight loss seminar presented by Dr. Mark Kligman. You can attend in person or watch online.

Health Professionals: To refer patients to the University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness, download the Bariatric Surgery Referral form and fax it to 410-328-8997.

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Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

If you're considering bariatric surgery, sign up for our free weight loss seminar presented by Dr. Mark Kligman. You can attend in person or watch online.

Health Professionals: To refer patients to the University of Maryland Center for Weight Management and Wellness, download the Bariatric Surgery Referral form and fax it to 410-328-8997.

Locations

While the surgery and post-operative recovery are in our dedicated weight loss surgery unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore, pre - and post-surgery visits and nutritional counseling take place in several locations.

Call 410-328-8940 for appointments at all locations.

Anne Arundel County
The Tate Center in Glen Burnie
305 Hospital Drive

Queen Anne's County
Shore Medical Pavilion in Queenstown
125 Shoreway Drive

Charles County
Pembrooke Square in Waldorf
11340 Pembrooke Square

Baltimore City
University of Maryland Professional Building
419 West Redwood Street

Dedicated Bariatric Surgery Unit

Our commitment to weight loss patients includes an inpatient unit created specifically for bariatric surgery patients and other overweight patients. We designed our 32 all-private rooms for the comfort and safety of our patients. The unit features:

  • Advanced patient monitoring capabilities in all the rooms
  • Ample space for patients to begin walking after surgery
  • Sturdy bathroom fixtures for your support if you need to lean on them
  • Loveseats that fold flat for loved ones to stay overnight
  • Large beds and furniture and wider doorways
  • Location just two floors below the operating rooms, so that loved ones can wait during surgery in the patients' rooms
  • Restorative environment with scenery and a comfortable waiting area for loved ones

If you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services, please call 1-800-492-5538 or 410-328-8940 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).