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Surgical Weight Loss

It is a well-known fact that diet and exercise can result in weight loss. The real challenge is keeping the weight off. Scientific studies indicate that nearly 100% of obese individuals who successfully lose weight through diet and exercise fail to keep it off during a five-year period. Further, a continuous cycle of weight loss and weight gain (known as yo-yo dieting) can cause serious health problems.

If non-surgical medical weight loss methods have not helped you to lose weight and keep it off, weight-loss surgery is an increasingly safe and effective option to consider.

The Weight Treatment Center at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers a comprehensive program, striving to provide the highest level of safety and support throughout your weight loss journey. We surround you with specialists in weight loss surgery, including behavioral health experts, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, nurses and financial counselors. In addition, our caring community of support groups and psychological aftercare is unsurpassed in this field.

Benefits of Surgery


Weight loss surgery is a treatment option for those who are classified as severely or morbidly obese. Severe obesity is defined as an individual having a BMI of 40 or greater, or weighing more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight. In addition, an individual with a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related diseases is also classified as severely obese. After weight-loss surgery, individuals must still modify their lifestyle habits, adjust their diet and increase their physical activity.

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?


Surgical options for weight loss at St. Mark's Hospital include four approved surgical procedures for obesity as approved by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. They include: