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Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Department

Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Department

The Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Department at Sheba Medical Center is a comprehensive center designed to treat the different aspects of obesity – medical, dietary, and psychological. The risks of morbid obesity are immense, leading to many serious health conditions and reducing life expectancy by an average of 10 years. We perform all types of bariatric surgery as part of an effective treatment for obesity, and our multidisciplinary team provides personalized, supportive care before, during, and after the surgery.


The Division of Surgery

The Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Department is part of Sheba Medical Center’s Division of Surgery. In recent years, surgical technology and techniques have progressed rapidly, and our department is consistently on the frontline of these advances. We are affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and in addition to performing operations, our surgeons are actively engaged in publishing scholarly studies and training the next generation of physicians. We host over 100 resident surgeons yearly at our Division of Surgery, always promoting a holistic, individualized, and precise approach to medicine.

At Sheba’s Division of Surgery:

  • Our team consists of more than 250 surgeons and 500 nurses
  • We have a total of 33 advanced operating rooms
  • We perform approximately 23,500 procedures per year
  • We provide treatment for 23,000 inpatients per year
  • We care for 350,000 outpatients per year

The following departments are all housed within the Division of Surgery:

Conditions We Treat at the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Department

Bariatric surgery is a treatment for morbid obesity, a condition that can lead to the development of many serious diseases and health problems, such as diabetes (type 2), hypertension, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, and skeletal joint problems. By facilitating significant weight loss, bariatric surgery can thereby help to treat many of the associated illnesses.

To improve your success with weight loss after bariatric surgery, we also provide nutritional counseling to teach proper eating habits, a psychological service to encourage behavioral pattern changes in regards to food, and an endocrine service to treat diabetes and other endocrinological issues.

Types of Bariatric Surgery that We Offer

There are several types of bariatric surgery, and we offer all of them at Sheba. Our experienced physicians will meet with you to determine the most appropriate option.

Gastric Bypass:

This laparoscopic surgery creates a small gastric pouch that connects directly to the small intestine

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB):

A silicone ring with an internal balloon is placed around the upper stomach, thereby restricting food intake

Sleeve Gastrectomy (gastric sleeve):

this laparoscopic surgery reshapes the stomach into a narrow tube, reducing the volume and triggering hormonal effects that can suppress appetite

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG; accordion):

This is a minimally invasive procedure that uses endoscopic suturing to reduce stomach size; at Sheba, ESG is performed at the Institute of Gastroenterology

Gastric Bypass

Meet Our Department Manager

David Goitein

Prof. David Goitein, MD

Head of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit
Prof. Goiteinis a leading specialist and senior physician in the Surgical Oncology C Department at Sheba Medical Center, and he has performed hundreds of advanced laparoscopic surgeries. He completed his medical education at the Hadassah Medical School of The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Dr. Goitein has published extensively and been awarded for his work.
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Meet Our Doctors

David Hazzan

David Hazzan, MD

Director of the Invasive Microbial and Robotic Surgery Unit
Dr. Hazzan specializes in general surgery, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and obesity treatment. He founded the Invasive Microbial Surgery Unit at Carmel Hospital in Haifa, and then managed it for four years. Dr. Hazzan is a leading surgeon in Israel performing abdominal wall hernia surgery with the help of the da Vinci robot. He has performed hundreds of gastrointestinal surgeries using a minimally invasive approach. Dr. Hazzan received his medical degree from the Jose Maria Vargas School of Medicine, Central University of Venezuela.
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Hila Hermon, MD

Dr. Hermon is a senior specialist in the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Unit. She has a particular clinical interest in the psychological consequences of morbid obesity. She studied at the Hadassah Medical School of The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Comprehensive Care for Your Whole Being

At Sheba’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Department, our team cares deeply about treating the whole person. We recognize that bariatric surgery does not stand alone as a way to promote successful, long-lasting weight loss. That’s why we provide holistic healthcare that pays attention to your overall needs and quality of life. Our multidisciplinary staff consists of nutritionists, psychologists, and endocrinologists who collaborate to design your custom-tailored treatment program – all provided conveniently under one roof.

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Sheba Medical Center provides innovative, personalized medical care to patients from around the world. We are the largest, most comprehensive hospital in the Middle East and dedicated to providing advanced and compassionate medicine for everyone.

We welcome all cases, including the rarest and the most challenging. Our medical teams collaborate to provide the best possible health outcomes. From your initial inquiry through the long-term follow-up care, we are here for you.

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