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Fairfield Medical Center’s regional bariatric surgery program utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach, bringing together specialists in surgery, nutrition, exercise and psychology.

“I have no doubt that we have created the best bariatric program in Central Ohio,” said Dr. Timothy Custer, FMC general and bariatric surgeon. “Our team approach ensures patients receive all the education and counseling they need both before and after weight loss surgery.”

Dr. Custer discusses some of the most frequently asked questions:

Q: Who qualifies for bariatric surgery?

A: Fairfield Medical Center follows the guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for weight loss surgery. A patient’s body mass index is used to determine if he or she is a candidate for bariatric surgery.

BMI is a measure of the body based on height and weight. The general guideline is a BMI of more than 40, which is considered morbidly obese. Morbid obesity currently represents the most significant health threat to the United States in the foreseeable future. These are general guidelines; the team meets to discuss each patient to ensure he or she is ready for weight loss surgery.

Q: Will insurance pay for weight loss surgery?

A: Whether or not insurance covers weight loss surgery is completely dependent upon each individual’s insurance plan. If you are planning to pay for weight loss surgery through your insurance carrier, it is very important that you understand the specifics of your policy beforehand. Our office staff is available to help you with this. If your insurance does cover weight loss surgery, we have experts on staff to guide you through the process of getting you approved for the surgery through your insurance carrier.

Q: Is bariatric surgery dangerous?

A: The risks of surgery are important to understand when making a decision for weight loss surgery. However, these are far less than the risks associated with continuing to suffer the disease of morbid obesity. Current studies show that danger of bariatric surgery is equivalent to many procedures done every day, such as gallbladder surgery, hysterectomy and hip surgery. In fact, weight loss surgery is up to ten-fold safer than other procedures, such as colon resection, esophageal surgery and cardiac surgery.

Additionally, no other procedure can provide the multitude of benefits that can be offered through the single intervention that is weight loss surgery, like the resolution or reversal of certain health conditions, improved mobility and a better quality of life.

If you think bariatric surgery may be right for you, join us for a free information session. Information sessions are held monthly, please call 740-475-0442 for event details and registration.

Learn more about Bariatric Surgery at Fairfield Medical Center.



Tim Custer, MD
Timothy Custer, MD
Bariatrics, General Surgery
Bethany Smith, PA
Bethany Smith, PA-C
Bariatrics, General Surgery