Follow-up care to guide you through your weight loss
Due to in-person limitations as a result of COVID-19, virtual appointments are now available for all UM Center for Weight Management and Wellness services. Patients will be seen by either Dr. Kligman, Dr. Kubicki or Stacey Graham, NP as well as a dietitian. We strongly encourage patients to schedule video and/or phone consults for all appointments.
Please contact us at 410-328-8940 to set up a telehealth appointment.
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
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
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.
Our commitment to weight loss patients includes an inpatient unit created specifically for weight loss 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