Compassionate weight loss planning and treatment
UW Medicine understands how important weight loss can be to our patients' overall health. Founded more than 30 years ago, the Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery is a nationally recognized center for weight loss surgery, and it is one of only six centers in the country funded by the National Institutes of Health to study outcomes of bariatric surgery.
The center's multidisciplinary team includes bariatric surgeons, endocrinologists, internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and registered dietitians. They work together to help patients stay on track and improve their health with a personalized weight loss solution.
For patients beginning their weight loss journey, our team will evaluate their health status, weight history and lifestyle to recommend an optimal weight loss strategy. This may include intensive behavioral coaching, weight loss medications and/or recommendations for surgical intervention.
Bariatric Surgery Program
Our medical team provides safe and effective care, including comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care and metabolic weight loss procedures. We have expertise in gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, complex revisional surgery and lap-band removal and revision. Nurse navigators assist patients in completing all necessary tests and appointments and are on point for patients' questions and concerns. For patients who have had metabolic operations, our team will follow them for life to support maintaining a healthy weight long term.
Patients interested in meeting with one of our surgeons are required to attend or watch our bariatric seminar and take the seminar quiz prior to their appointment. Please contact our clinic to attend in-person, or watch the online version here.
In addition to bariatric surgery and behavioral coaching, our center offers topical classes, including portion control (watch the video here) and one-on-one visits with providers from various specialties to help patients achieve optimal lifestyle and diet.
Eat Well Be Well Nutrition Series
The following Eat Well Be Well Classes were created to provide further education on understanding how the various types of foods you eat impact your weight. Each class will guide you through how to identify, track, and balance macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. They are meant to be viewed separately with time for you to spend creating and meeting goals related to the material. The most important part of these lessons is not the information, but how you put this information into action. Please give yourself at least 2 weeks to work on the goal setting handout for each video prior to moving on to the next video. This will help you best maximize the results you get from our program.
- Carbohydrates and Sugars
- Fats and Fiber
- Protein and Hydration
Bariatric Support Group
Our support groups help patients learn from each other's experiences:
- When: First Wednesday of the month, 5:00-6:30 pm.
- Where: Online - a zoom link will be provided. Please call clinic to confirm you are on the list.