Today, approximately one in 25 Americans is morbidly obese and many deal with weight-related health conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and/or high cholesterol. In addition, there may be psychological consequences such as lowered self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
For the majority of the morbidly obese, diet and exercise may not lead to significant, continuous weight loss. Fortunately, bariatric surgery may provide a better alternative. Our Center for Surgical Weight Loss is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence with Blue Distinction certification, and provides supportive, understanding and compassionate care for the unique needs of obese individuals.
- Multiple surgical options (Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Band)
- Non-surgical option (Orbera)
Orbera is a non-surgical outpatient procedure where the physician inserts a deflated intragastric balloon into the stomach and then inflates the balloon. The balloon creates the feeling of being full and both slows and reduces the consumption of food. After six months the balloon is deflated and the person should continue the behavior of healthy eating habits.
- Seamless referral process
- Pre- and post-operative nutrition support with a registered dietitian specially trained in bariatrics
- Dedicated recovery unit
Once your Body Mass Index (BMI) has been determined, surgical and non-surgical weight loss choices will be discussed. Typically, people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater to consider weight loss surgery, and those with a BMI of 30-40 may consider a non-surgical option. Only your physician can appropriately determine the best choice with you. Learn yours by using this BMI Calculator.
The decision to have bariatric surgery should not be taken lightly. You are invited to attend a free online information session to learn more about weight loss choices. Click on the practice name to visit the surgeon's website or call their office for more information.
Support groups are held twice a month online via Zoom. See the information below or call (256) 265-4373 for more information.
- 1st Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
Meeting link | Meeting ID: 968 5535 7034 | Dial-in number: 1 (312) 626-6799
- 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m.
Meeting link | Meeting ID: 924 9393 7030 | Dial-in number: 1 (312) 626-6799
We're here to help
Our nurse coordinator is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Call (256) 265-4373 for more information.