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Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Gaining weight and becoming obese or morbidly obese has created an epidemic not only in the United States, but also internationally. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2/3 of the US population are overweight, and nearly 1/3 are obese or morbidly obese.

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 to 39. Morbid obesity begins at a body mass index of 40. It has been shown that the higher the body mass index (BMI), the greater the risk for associated illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and others. When morbidly obese individuals have one or more of the above diseases, their risk for death increases, and quality of life is severely diminished.

At the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, world-class Cleveland Clinic doctors evaluate our patients with a thorough physical exam, which may require blood work and other diagnostic tools. With help from physicians in a variety of specialties, our doctors take into account your medical issues when determining the weight loss plan that’s right for you. Pioneering surgeons at the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute perform more than 95 percent of all procedures with minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques, improving our patients' healing and recovery time. Bariatric surgery options include the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, and gastric plication.

For patients who choose not to undergo surgery, or for those who are ineligible, Cleveland Clinic offers medical management for weight loss with access to dieticians, psychologists, and exercise physiologists. Patients can also find support from Cleveland Clinic specialists and other patients in our ongoing support groups and classes designed to help patients achieve the best outcome possible.


To make an appointment with a Bariatric & Metabolic Institute specialist, please call toll-free 800.339.9829.

Upcoming Event

Walk From Obesity

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Location: Canalway Center | 4524 East 49th Street Cuyahoga Heights, OH 44125
Time: Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m. | Walk: 10 a.m. - Noon
Sponsor: The Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.
Fee: $25 | Children under 12 are free.

Join one of our BMI Teams: Team Schauer, Team Rogula, Team Cetin, Team Kroh and our dietary department: The Lean Protein Walking Machines. Search for teams by name and help your team to be the top Fund Raiser. Individuals can also walk or start their own team. Walk at your own pace along the beautiful Erie Canal. Parking is free.

Register Now!

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To find a digestive specialist for your needs, contact the Digestive Disease Institute at 216.444.7000 (or toll-free 1.800.223.2273, ext. 47000)

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This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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