Planning Your Surgery

Getting Started with Surgical Weight Reduction


Come to a free informational meeting to learn more about our Center, and find out if surgical weight loss is right for you.  We will discuss all the surgical options available, their pro's and cons for each option.

The OHSU Surgical Weight Reduction Center hosts regular events where you can learn more about surgical weight loss. Doctors and team members will be there to answer your questions and explain your options.

To make a reservation for the next event, or get more information, please call us Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 503 494-1983.

We will provide a reminder notification prior to the class so please let us know if your contact information changes.


The class is located at

OHSU Center for Health and Healing:
3303 SW Bond Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
3rd floor
when getting off the elevators, follow the long hallway on the right to the E. Paul Kirk Conference room number 3171


To qualify for surgery there is set BMI (Body Mass Index) criteria that must be met. Weight loss surgery is considered when medical treatment for obesity such as medication and diet therapy has been unable to produce a sustained weight loss. The goal is to reduce or eliminate the common health problems (co-morbidities) related to obesity such as heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, gastric reflux, infertility, and liver disease. These procedures usually reduce excess body weight by 50-60% but individual results may differ. Additional weight loss can be achieved with exercise and careful food choices.

We strongly recommend that individuals start a healthy weight loss program to reduce their weight by 15 pounds or 10% of excess weight in order to decrease their surgical risks. In addition we will ask that you:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Be free of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Have medical and mental health problems under treatment.
  • Agree to participate in follow up care.
  • Postpone pregnancy for a year after surgery.
  • Assume responsibility for exercise and diet changes after surgery.
  • Participate in a psychological evaluation
  • Receive Bariatric nutritional counseling.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a BMI of less than 80