Welcome to the number one site for Weight-loss surgery, where we create a supportive and friendly space for you to share your story and connect with other pre- and post-WLS patients.

Here you'll find up-to-date WLS information, written by top doctors, genuine stories from your peers and the chance to have your questions answered by board-certified bariatric and plastic surgeons.


Most Popular Weight Loss Surgery Topics:

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass

Lap Band

Gastric Band / Lap Band

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Duodenal Switch

Duodenal Switch Weight Loss Surgery

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a treatment option for morbidly obese people with a BMI of 40+. In addition, obese people with a BMI of 35+ and other obesity-related conditions such as diabetes or sleep apnea may also qualify for surgery.

There are several types of weight loss surgeries. Some bariatric procedures limit the amount of food a person can eat, while other treatments alter the way food is digested. Each method is effective for different individuals; for example, people who have trouble with portion sizes may benefit from a restrictive surgery, while chronic snackers may see a greater benefit from a malabsorptive procedure that limits the amount of nutrients that are absorbed into the body.

RealSelf & WLSFA Joining Forces

RealSelf is joining forces with the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA) to launch a support program. It provides peer-to-peer support, advice, trusted information straight from the mouths of board certified bariatric surgeons and, most importantly, the shared experiences of the WLS journey: direct from you, the people that have put the hard work and effort into taking back control of your lives.

The WLSFA is a non-profit organization powered by weight loss surgery patients and their supporters, bariatric surgeons & their practices, hospitals and corporations. Together they raise funds and gather resources to give away, in the form of surgery grants to people denied access to the medical treatment of obesity.

The WLSFA is focusing on ending obesity by empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education and support; performing charitable services and supporting research to find solutions to enhance the quality of life of the morbidly obese community; and raising awareness and funds for surgery.

The WLSFA is a 501(c)3 public charity and the only charity funding grants for weight loss surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery after massive weight loss.

Insurance Coverage For Weight Loss Surgery

Americans spend an estimated $147 billion annually on obesity-related health care costs. As a result, some insurance companies cover weight loss surgery to decrease long-term spending on obese patients. Coverage varies by provider.

Prospective patients can also seek out a private bariatric surgeon and finance the procedure through self-pay or medical credit.

After Weight Loss Surgery

Post-Weight Loss Guides

A person's body undergoes many changes after weight loss surgery. Because weight loss is generally very rapid following bariatric surgery, patients may be left with loose skin. Once a bariatric patient reaches his or her weight loss goal, plastic surgery can be considered to remove the excess skin.

Arm Lift

Arm Lift

Body Lift

Body Lift



Thigh Lift

Thigh Lift

Weight Loss Surgery Support

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing operation. With the exception of the Lap band, all weight loss surgeries are irreversible. Post-WLS patients are more likely to keep the weight off if they practice healthy eating habits and exercise regularly. Many weight loss surgery patients also find
support groups and therapy helpful.

Popular Weight Loss Surgery Topics:

Sources: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); National Institutes of Health (NIH); Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)