Weight Loss Surgery

Our expertise in weight loss isn’t just life changing...

It’s life saving.

At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton we understand the decision to have weight loss surgery (WLS) is a crucial one, and for many, a lifesaving one. That’s why we’re here with the expertise of a surgical team that offers personalized care and support throughout your weight loss journey.

Beth Israel Deaconess– Milton (BID-Milton) is a proud member of the Beth Israel Deaconess Bariatric Network, joining Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in a unified mission of delivering a safe, comprehensive program committed to excellence in the care and treatment of people undergoing WLS. As a patient of BID-Milton you too will have access to BIDMC, which was the first bariatric surgery program in the country to achieve the highest level accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. The BIDMC roots in performing WLS began over 30 years ago with the pioneering efforts of Dr. George Blackburn. Through the BID Bariatric Network you will be have access to one of Boston's oldest and most experienced centers with a full-time team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, and clinical exercise physiologists specially trained to provide the full range of state-of-the-art open and laparoscopic surgical procedures.

We encourage you to learn as much as you can about weight loss surgery and its effects on your weight, your health, and your emotional well-being. Weight Loss Surgery can be an effective treatment for many people with extreme obesity.  It can help patients lose the extra weight that contributes to the development of serious health problems.  It is not cosmetic surgery.  The decision to go forward with the operation is a serious one, and should be made jointly between you, your loved ones, you primary care doctor, and the weight loss surgery team.  We encourage you to discuss any questions that you have with members of our team.  

Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

To qualify for weight loss surgery, candidates must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40, or a BMI of at least 35 with one or more obesity-related co-morbidities,which generally means being 100 pounds overweight. Our team takes time to evaluate each patient individually to determine if the procedure is right for them. Ideal candidates for surgery should demonstrate a prior history of failed weight loss efforts through diet, exercise, lifestyle changes or medication intervention. Through counseling and the hospital’s educational programs, candidates will receive a full understanding of the possible risks, benefits and side effects of the procedure.  Calculate your BMI using our calculator.

Introduction and Education on Surgical Weight Loss Options

In order to prepare for surgergy, all patients must either attend two live information sessions or one live session and one webinar session. Dr. Schneider reviews the basics of weight loss surgery; how it works, problems that may arise and factors that contribute to its success. We also outline general insurance requirements that are necessary prior to scheduling a surgery. 

Personalized Care with a Personalized Approach

At BID-Milton, it is our mission to provide you with appropriate information to help you determine the best procedure for you. Our team works to make sure all your questions and concerns are addressed and your individual needs are met. Our caring doesn't stop after surgery, as we provide support and guidance as you develop your new healthy lifestyle.


199 Reedsdale Road

(Within the Center for Specialty Care, Ground Floor)

Milton, MA 02186

Phone: 617-313-1440

Fax: 617-298-0315