What to Expect

From several surgical options to a wide array of benefits, there are many things to think about when considering bariatric surgery. In fact, the decision to undergo this type of surgery could be one of the biggest decisions you and your family will make. The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is here to help you along your way. The articles below provide answers to some of the questions you may have and an overview of the options available at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Surgery Approval Process

Learn more about the bariatric surgery approval process.

Pre-Op Process

Four weeks before your surgery date, you will begin an intensive program of nutrition and exercise education. This education will continue after your surgery, as well.

Post-Op Process

Learn what to expect after your surgery.


Special care will be needed right after surgery while still in the hospital. You will generally begin feeling better by the second day after surgery. Exact timing of your discharge from the hospital will vary depending on your medical condition.

Lifestyle Changes

Surgery requires major lifestyle changes. To maintain weight loss after surgery, you will still have to exercise and limit food amounts. You will also need to change the types of food that you eat every day.

MBSAQIP Accreditation

The Bariatric Surgery program at Nationwide Children's Hospital is the first and only free-standing adolescent bariatric surgery center in the U.S. to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons MBSAQIP.