Surgical Specialists of Washington Township

Everything You Need to Know About Weight Loss Surgery

Criteria For Surgery

A BMI above 40 indicates that a person is morbidly obese and therefore a candidate for bariatric surgery. Generally, this translates to 100 pounds or more overweight. Bariatric procedures may also be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 who suffer from cardiopulmonary problems or diabetes. However, as in other treatments for obesity, successful results depend on motivation and behavior.

Other Criteria

  • ​No current addiction
  • No current pregnancy
  • ​Willing to make necessary life-style changes
  • Must demonstrate other attempts at weight loss 
  • Must be older than 18 years
  • No current cancer 
  • No major esophagus disorders
  • No psychiatric contraindication
  • Willing to complete all requirements
  • Must have been obese at least the past two—five years

You will be evaluated by a team of specialists. Here are a few of them. 

Our Program

Pre-op Visits in our office (Before surgery)                       Pre-op Consults                                                                                                                                            

Meet with surgeon - meet initial visit and final visit              Sleep Study (Pulmonary doctor maybe)​  
Meet with bariatric nurse                                                        Cardiology doctor                                                      
2019 Support groups                                                             Mental Health
Pre-op education class                                                          Other specialists as required 
Nutrition                                                                                  Labs, x-rays, EKG as required  
Primary Care Doctor
                                                                             2019 Water Aerobics and 20 20 20 Fitness Class
                                                                              Education Library   
                                                                           Bariatric Problem Guide
   Check out our                                                   PatientTestimonials
 The Bariatric Team: Dr. Balsama,
 kathy and Chris                                          

Our patients are very prepared by the time of their surgery and all questions are thoroughly answered before, during and after surgery. Patients have access to the bariatric nurse via email and cell phone.  Email the bariatric nurse, Chris or Call the bariatric nurse at 856-701-8668