Bariatric, or weight loss surgery, is for people who are morbidly obese and already have tried diets, exercise, and other non-surgical ways to lose weight. UAB Medicine offers two types of bariatric surgery, both of which are designed to help you eat less. Patients must meet certain goals and requirements before surgery can be approved, and usually it requires a serious commitment to making major lifestyle changes. In general, the patient must have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40. Patients with a BMI of at least 35 may qualify if they also have medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or degenerative joint disease. UAB Medicine’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program has been performing weight-loss procedures for more than 30 years. It was the first American College of Surgeons Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center in Alabama and is designated a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). We are committed to helping you through a combination of surgery, the UAB Weight Loss Medicine Clinic, behavioral therapists, and dietitians.