Weigh your options for weight loss that works


  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity is a far more complex disease than you may think. An array of factors can cause excess weight gain ― and complicate an individual’s ability to lose weight. A physician-guided program of physical activity and nutritional counseling is often effective. However, the Union Bariatric Program may help when traditional approaches to weight loss are not enough.

What is bariatric surgery?
In general, weight-loss procedures alter the process of food intake and digestion either by restriction, malabsorption or both. Over the last decade, weight-loss procedures have been continually refined to improve results and minimize risks.

A commitment to regular exercise and wise dietary choices is crucial to long-term success after weight-loss surgery.

What are the other possible benefits?
Many chronic health conditions can be alleviated as a result of bariatric surgery and ongoing lifestyle changes. However, current medical interventions, including surgical weight-loss procedures, should NOT be considered medical cures. They are attempts to reduce excess weight and the serious medical, physical, emotional and social effects of obesity.

Is bariatric surgery an option for me?
You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more ― approximately 100 pounds overweight for men or 80 pounds overweight for women.


  • A BMI between 35 and 39.9 and a serious obesity-related health problem such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease or severe sleep apnea.

The Union Bariatric Program is a collaboration between Union Hospital and the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital. Presurgical preparation and post-surgical care are handled at Union Hospital, so you can be close to home as much as possible.

Union Hospital takes a multi-disciplinary approach to successful weight loss. The surgeon, nurse coordinator, registered dietician, exercise specialist and behavioral therapist work as a team to meet the individual needs of each patient and provide the highest quality of care.

Take control of your life again!
To begin your journey toward lasting weight loss, call (443) 245-7370.


Related Information:

Seminars: On a regular basis, Union Hospital hosts FREE informational seminars where you can learn more about your options for lasting weight loss and weight-loss surgery. For seminar dates, time and more information, please call (443) 245-7370.

Support Group: Union Hospital also hosts a support group for weight-loss surgery patients and those considering weight-loss surgery, as well as their support persons. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Call (443) 245-7370 for more information.

Contact Information

Union Bariatric Program
Union Hospital Medical Professional Building
111 West High Street, Suite 112
Elkton, MD 21921

Map and Directions

Tel:(443) 245-7370