Developing a successful bariatric surgery program

Andrew S. Wu, Daniel M. Herron

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With nearly two-thirds of the American population deemed obese, there is a greater need to promote improved health, and bariatric surgeons are seeing a greater number of people inquiring and desiring bariatric surgery as a tool to achieve weight loss. Patients undergoing bariatric surgery may do so at dedicated medical centers with the adequate resources to provide such care. Establishing and setting up a bariatric surgery program is a major undertaking that requires a substantial amount of effort, planning, and commitment from the surgeons. It requires the multidisciplinary work by a team of medical staff and physician providers. We discuss in depth the tools needed to start and maintain a bariatric surgery practice. This includes bariatric surgery credentialing requirements, inpatient and outpatient infrastructure needs, personnel needs, education, long-term care, follow-up planning, and the costs of developing a bariatric practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781493916375
ISBN (Print)9781493916368
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Bariatric costs
  • Bariatric credentialing
  • Bariatric program
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Risk assessment


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