For many obese patients, long-term, sustained weight loss can be
elusive, despite strict diet and exercise programs. Many struggle daily
with their weight and related medical conditions such as high blood
pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes, as well as with the stigma of
To provide additional help for these
patients, The Center for Bariatric Surgery in Providence, RI, a program
of Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, offers new hope and a
long-term solution. Bariatrics is the field of medicine that specializes
in treating obesity, and bariatric surgery refers to surgery that
promotes weight loss.
If you are interested in bariatric
surgery and would like to begin an evaluation, call 401-793-3922.
For most patients, this will be a new beginning. Our dedicated team of
specialists—surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral
therapists, nutritionists, physical therapists and nurses with expertise
in weight loss surgery—is committed to helping you throughout this
The Center for
Bariatric Surgery has been recognized for high quality in bariatric surgery by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which designated the program as a fully accredited MBSAQIP: Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program. The MBSAQIP program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports
continuous quality improvement.
The designation comes after a lengthy and rigorous review process, which involves a thorough site inspection and evaluation of patient outcomes. The designation reflects our center’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of care possible for our bariatric surgery patients.
If surgery is not for you, learn more about our non-surgical options.
More Weight Control Resources:
CHANGES (Pediatric Weight Management Program)
Weight Research programs
Weight Management Program
It Starts Today – How Obesity Surgery Helps People Reclaim Their Lives (asmbs.org)
Learn more about the HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation: Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic (HBO.com)
PBS Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body AcceptanceExperts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance will discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them.