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Bariatric Surgery

5 Ways Bariatric Surgery Can Improve Your Quality of Life

If you struggle with obesity and are ready to make a change, Southwest General’s Bariatric Surgery Program is here to help. Are you ready to:

  • Lose excess weight?
  • Reduce your risk of life-threatening weight-related health problems, like heart disease, stroke and obesity-related cancers?
  • Reverse diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea?
  • Experience less joint pain?
  • Extend your life expectancy?

If you answered yes to one or more questions, you could be a candidate for our bariatric surgery program.

Our Team Will Help You
Reach Your Goals

The Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and its skilled provider team have moved to Southwest General Health Center. As the first program in northeast Ohio to achieve national accreditation, the newly renamed Southwest General Center for Bariatric Surgery is prepared to provide you with the individualized, life-changing care and attention necessary to help you achieve your goals. Our program doesn’t just focus on your outside appearance. We help you change your entire lifestyle and the way you think about food and fitness.

Benefits of Southwest General's Center for Bariatric Surgery

We are here to support you as you say goodbye to excess weight, fad diets, poor nutrition choices, and unrealistic exercise routines, and hello to a healthier and happier version of yourself.

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Experienced Medical Team

This multidisciplinary team features our experienced bariatric surgeon and program director, Leslie Pristas, DO, FACS, as well as nurses, operating room staff, psychologists, dietitians, patient advocates and more.

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Nationally Recognized

Our nationally recognized team offers minimally invasive surgical weight loss options, flexible scheduling and personalized, one-on-one care. Whatever approach to weight loss you choose, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

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State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our hospital facilities are equipped to provide specialty care for obese patients, including critical care, radiology and other diagnostic services. Located in Middleburg Heights, OH, we are easily accessible from Cleveland and Akron via the Ohio Turnpike (I-80), Interstate 71, and Interstate 480.

Financial Assistance is Available

Payment options and discounted rates are available for patients that are uninsured or do not have coverage with their insurance. Please contact our Financial Clearance department at 440-816-4701 weekdays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for more details.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re ready to make a change, we’re here to help. Give us a call or click here to schedule a free consultation.

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Am I Eligible for Bariatric Surgery?

If these statements are true for you, you’re on your way to qualifying for bariatric surgery.

  • check markI have a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or above or a BMI above 30 along with an obesity-related disease.
  • check markI have not had prior bariatric surgery.
  • check markI am healthy enough to withstand surgery and general anesthesia (meaning you do not have kidney or heart disease or a history of stroke).
  • check markI am a non-smoker or committed to quitting.
  • check markI can walk 200 feet without shortness of breath or chest pain.

Did you answer no to one or more questions above?

Don’t worry, we can still help you via one of our non-surgical medical weight loss alternatives!


I would absolutely recommend Dr. Pristas and her entire team to anybody considering weight loss surgery. She was so crucial to me having a successful experience with weight loss surgery - JESSIE, Lost 170 pounds



The Center for Bariatric Surgery
at Southwest General

Middleburg Medical Center
18780 Bagley Rd, Suite #108
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

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