Bethesda Hospital East

Center for Surgical Weight Reduction


Since 2004, the Bethesda Center for Surgical Weight Reduction has been changing lives. When other medically supervised methods have failed, surgery offers the best option of long-term weight control for those with clinically severe obesity.


Clinically Severe Morbid Obesity is defined by the National Institutes of Health as “weight in excess of 100 pounds over the Ideal Calculated Weight or somewhat less than 100 pounds, if there is a serious associated condition.”


"Weight Loss surgery is about restoring people's health and well being, it's not a cosmetic procedure," comments surgeon Miguel Lopez-Viego, M.D., Medical Director of the Bethesda Center for Surgical Weight Reduction. "It should be reserved for those who have been unsuccessful with other weight loss methods."


Surgery is just the first step on the road to good health; patients must also adjust their eating habits and exercise patterns. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, the Bethesda Center for Surgical Weight Reduction is here to help with pre-operative education, nutritional counseling and ongoing support groups.


For more information, call Karen Baumann, MSN, RN, Bariatric Coordinator at (561) 737-7733, ext. 84688.