Take the next step in transforming your health
Millions of Americans struggle with their weight, but the battle to overcome obesity can be especially difficult. There may be many contributing factors including genetics, environment, metabolism and even certain medications. Weight-loss surgery or "bariatric surgery" may be the most effective treatment for severe obesity and the best way to get you back on track for a healthier lifestyle.
When considering bariatric surgery, it's important to find a highly qualified, integrated team, like the experts at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics. Our providers work on multi-disciplinary teams to ensure comprehensive care for all your weight management needs—from the first steps, through surgery and beyond.
Hear Krystal's story
“It's important to be able to understand your relationship with food, why you choose to eat the foods that you're eating and not to be ashamed of yourself.”Krystal, Bariatric Surgery Patient
Our Bariatric Surgery Program offers several different procedures, which we will discuss in the introductory session. Your surgeon will help determine which is right for you.
Requirements for surgery
In order to consider bariatric surgery, you must first meet minimal criteria as proposed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These criteria include:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40.
- A BMI between 35 and 40 and at high risk for serious obesity-related conditions that could cause death, such as sleep apnea, heart problems or severe diabetes.
- Failed attempts at traditional weight loss methods.
- Physical problems caused by obesity that interfere with lifestyle or body size that causes severe problems with work, family roles, even walking.
Learn more about bariatric surgery from The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Why choose our Bariatric Surgery Program?
Experts here for you
Our surgeons are board certiﬁed with more than 50 years of combined experience and average 200 weight-loss surgeries at each of our locations per year.
Caring for you beyond surgery
Our integrated team of surgeons, nutritionists and obesity medicine providers are trained in weight-loss management and will work together to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.
Quality and safety
Our locations are accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), so you can trust that we meet the highest quality standards of care and innovation.
"Believe in yourself, believe in your hopes and dreams."Krystal, Bariatric Surgery Patient
Bariatric surgery can help
Obesity is a disease and is connected to many medical problems. After bariatric surgery, patients usually lose about 50-66% of their excess body weight, which equals about 33% of their overall weight. If you lose weight and keep it off, your medical conditions are most likely going to improve. Bariatric surgery may:
- Eliminate sleep apnea in more than 90 percent of patients.
- Improve shortness of breath and asthma.
- Reduce heartburn and other reflux symptoms.
- Improve outlook and self-esteem.
- Improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Reduce diabetes medication, like insulin and oral medications.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Reduce degenerative joint disease, arthritis and back pain symptoms.
Our care does not end with your surgery
When you join our Bariatric Surgery Program, we are with you throughout your entire journey on a path to a healthier life. Our after-surgery plan includes support and education from our nutritionists, nurses and providers.
After bariatric surgery support groups
We offer virtual groups to support you after surgery. Networking with others who are experiencing similar lifestyle changes can be very helpful in one's weight-loss journey. A registered dietitian is always present to facilitate conversation and help answer questions.
Two programs for your convenience
Our Bariatric Surgery Programs are accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and offer Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, removal of gastric bands and revisional surgery.
Each program has a dedicated staff including surgeons, obesity medicine providers, counselors and dieticians. Please visit each program location to learn more about its pre- and post-surgery education and support.
Concord, Manchester and Nashua
Serving the southern part of New Hampshire and Vermont, our bariatric team is dedicated to providing the best care, close to home.
Established 40 years ago, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program is the longest continually operating bariatric program in northern New England.