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About Bariatric Surgery in Alberta

Where in A​lberta can I have bariatric surgery?

There are 5 Alberta Health Services bariatric clinics that offer access to bariatric surgery:

  • Grande Prairie Adult Bariatric Specialty Clinic
  • Edmonton Adult Bariatric Specialty Clinic
  • Red Deer Bariatric Specialty Clinic
  • Calgary Adult Bariatric Surgery​ Clinic
  • Medicine Hat Bariatric Specialty Clinic

These clinics will work with you to see if bariatric surgery is a treatment option for you. Being a patient at one of these clinics does not mean that bariatric surgery is the best treatment option for you.

Find out more about bariatric surgery in Alberta​.

What happens at a bariatric clinic?

At an Alberta Health Services bariatric clinic, you may meet with the following healthcare providers:​

  • doctor or nurse practitioner
  • surgeon
  • nurse
  • dietitian
  • social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist

Your healthcare providers will talk to you about bariatric surgery and help you decide if it’s the right treatment for you.

How do I get into a bariatric clinic?

You will need a referral from a doctor or nurse practitioner before you can go to an Alberta Health Services bariatric clinic.

Even if you get an appointment at a bariatric clinic, it doesn’t mean that you will have bariatric surgery. The healthcare team will help you decide if bariatric surgery is a good option for you.

How long will I have to wait before I get bariatric surgery?

If surgery is the best treatment option for you, how long you have to wait for your surgery will depend on many factors. Your healthcare team will let you know how long you will have to wait for bariatric surgery.

Is there anywhere else to get bariatric surgery outside of Alberta Health Services?

Bariatric surgery is offered in private clinics across Alberta and the rest of Canada. It’s also offered in many places all over the world. Travelling out of country for some types of medical procedures is called medical tourism.

You will need to pay to have bariatric surgery at any private clinic. If you have bariatric surgery at a private clinic away from home, it may not be easy to have follow-up care with them after surgery. This could put you at risk for complications or have an impact on your surgery outcome.

If you are thinking about having bariatric surgery at a private clinic, talk to your healthcare provider.

Visit the following websites to learn more about having medical procedures in other parts of the world:

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