Benefits and Risks of Weight-Loss Surgery

Doctors at Cooper University Health Care’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery have performed thousands of weight-loss procedures. These experts devote their practice to helping adults with severe obesity take control of their weight. As a result, patients can better manage conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure and improve their quality of life.

Our multidisciplinary team also includes advanced practice nurses, nutritionists, and psychologists – all specially trained to meet your unique needs. This level of expertise ensures that weight-loss surgery at Cooper is not only effective, but also safe.

Considering the Benefits and Risks of Weight-Loss Surgery

The risk of living with morbid obesity, meaning a BMI of more than 40, far outweighs the risk of surgery. People with obesity have a 10 to 50 percent increased risk of premature death compared to people who maintain a healthy weight. Obesity also contributes to a wide range of health problems. Learn more about conditions that weight-loss surgery can help.

A vast majority of weight-loss surgery patients do not have any postoperative complications. At Cooper, our complication rates are lower than national averages, demonstrating our surgical expertise.

If medical problems do occur, they typically develop in the days and weeks immediately following surgery. Our surgeons and advanced practice nurses follow you closely during this time so they can quickly address any health issue that arises.

We also recommend regular follow-up care for the rest of your life. Our doctors and nurses are available 24 hours a day.

Minimally Invasive Weight-Loss Procedures

Our surgeons use laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique, in nearly all patients to reduce the risk of complications. To perform laparoscopic surgery, doctors make several small incisions in the abdomen. These incisions provide access for the surgical tools and laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny camera used to view the procedure.

Minimally invasive surgery has several benefits compared to an open procedure, which involves a larger abdominal incision. These benefits include:

  • Faster healing
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less-noticeable scars

Choosing the Right Weight-Loss Procedure

Our bariatric team works closely with you to determine which type of weight-loss surgery is right for you. Together, we choose the surgery that:

  • Best meets your long-term health needs
  • Has the best chance for weight-loss success
  • Poses the least amount of surgical risk

Get Started

  • Join us for a free weight loss surgery informational seminar, register here.
  • For an appointment or consultation, schedule online or call 856.673.4500.
  • If you are a doctor who wants to refer a patient to Cooper, please call 856.673.4500.