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Coronary heart disease

Studies show bariatric surgery cuts the risk of developing coronary heart disease in half.


Patients who have bariatric surgery reduce their risk of death from cancer by 60 percent.

Surgery risks

The risk of death from bariatric surgery is about 0.1 percent.

Increased longevity

Patients who have bariatric surgery can improve their life expectancy by 89 percent.

Weight loss

Bariatric surgery patients typically experience their maximum weight loss one to two years after surgery.

Improved success

Research shows surgery patients who kept doctors appointments for at least three years after surgery, lost an average of 24 percent more than those who didn't.


Overweight and obesity related conditions affect an estimated 97 million Americans. They are the second leading cause of preventable death in our country.

Type 2 diabetes

Patients who have bariatric surgery reduce their risk of death from diabetes by 98 percent.

Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery can improve or resolve more than 30 obesity-related conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Improved success

Studies show patients who attend support groups maintain their weight loss 20 to 30 percent better than those patients who do not attend.


Trusted links

Rather than search the Web in hopes of finding accurate and reliable information, use the following links we trust. 

Obesity Help

This all-inclusive web site is for people interested in all types of surgery and those who have completed surgery. Features include community-style online chat boards for all types of surgery. 

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is a non-profit organization working to advance the quality of care and ethical treatment of people with obesity and obesity-related and metabolic diseases and conditions. The ASMBS educates health professionals about the dangers of obesity and metabolic diseases and the risks and benefits of bariatric and metabolic surgery. It develops and promotes high quality standards and practices that lead to improved patient outcomes and supports research into emerging treatments for obesity and metabolic diseases. 

Lap-Band AP® System

As one of the weight loss surgery options available at Sanford, this web-based clinical support tool will provide you with information and tools to educate you on how the band works and how to achieve success. My Lap-Band® Journey is also available as an exclusive online support program. Developed in collaboration with Lap-Band® System patients, surgeons, and other weight loss experts, My Lap-Band® Journey guides you along your entire journey — before, during and after weight loss surgery. 

Bariatric Support Centers International

BSCI provides long-term educational and support resources for weight loss surgery patients and the professionals who serve them. 

Nutritional Supplements for Bariatric Surgery Patients

Bariatric Advantage® provides a complete line of nutritional supplements that have been specifically formulated to meet the unique demands of both the pre-operative bariatric surgical candidate, as well as the post-operative bariatric surgical patient.