Since 2003, Evangelical has been helping individuals who have struggled unsuccessfully to lose weight through diet and exercise achieve lifechanging results through bariatric surgery. We’ve helped hundreds of people succeed in meeting their healthy, medically supervised weight-loss goals. If you’ve tried but haven’t been able to lose weight through traditional means – and you meet very specific medical guidelines – bariatric surgery may be right for you.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is performed laparoscopically. During the minimally invasive procedure, a surgeon reduces a patient’s stomach to the size and shape of a banana and removes the excess stomach tissue. Because the smaller stomach is a long, vertical tube, the procedure is called a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.

The patient’s reduced stomach functions normally but can hold only 1-2 ounces at a time. The procedure doesn’t interfere with the intestinal tract or the patient’s ability to absorb nutrients.

The surgery removes most of the cells responsible for producing the hormone that controls appetite. After the surgery, the patient experiences little to no hunger. 

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

You should talk with your doctor to see if bariatric surgery may be right for you. For more information, please download our helpful guides Can I Consider Bariatric Surgery? and Understanding Morbid Obesity.

Can I Consider Bariatric Surgery? Considering Bariatrics Download

Understanding Morbid Obesity Download Morbid Obesity Document

Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Many studies have shown that Bariatric Surgery can help severely overweight people reach and maintain their weight-loss goals better than traditional weight-loss methods.

Bariatric surgery can offer patients:

  • A longer life span
  • Improvement of many key health factors
  • A drastically lower risk of death from
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Other life-threatening conditions

Evangelical’s Bariatric Center

Evangelical’s Bariatric program helps those struggling with obesity to achieve successful, permanent weight loss. We do this through an effective combination of surgery and comprehensive, personalized support. 

Our program includes:

  • Evaluation, care, and supervision by a caring, experienced, board-certified surgeon
  • Comprehensive lab work
  • Regular meetings with a registered dietitian
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Individualized meal planning
  • A personalized exercise program
  • Behavior modification
  • Health monitoring and individual progress reviews
  • Support from a compassionate nursing staff that specializes in bariatric issues
  • Monthly support group meetings
  • “Bari-Buddy” – phone and email network  

Every member of our Bariatric team is committed to your healthy weight loss. We partner with you on your journey, offering the medical supervision, specialized treatment, care, and support you need to succeed.
Evangelical’s Bariatric Center is located in the Surgical Specialists office. You’ll find convenient parking directly in front of the facility.

For more information about bariatric surgery at Evangelical, or to schedule an appointment, please call 570-523-3290.

Christopher Motto, MD, FACS
Christopher Motto, MD, FACS


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Jon D. Gabrielsen, MD, FASMBS
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