Weight loss surgery
- I would steal your car to go do it again if the weight came back, but it hasn’t come back — and my life has changed.Lori Bailey|Timberlake, NCRead her story
- I have confidence and self-esteem now. When you spend your entire life overweight, you don't realize the effect it has on you until the weight is gone.Jason Hunning|Raleigh, NCRead his story
- Now I understand, for the first time in my life, what it means to be full. And there is life on the other side of the fat woman.Susan Ferguson|Roanoke Rapids, NCRead her story
Considering weight loss surgery? It may be for you if you haven’t found success with diet, exercise, and/or medication. Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, has proven to be a safe, effective option for our patients, who typically lose between 55 to 70 percent of their excess body weight. Our comprehensive evaluation and pre- and post-surgical support ensures you achieve the weight loss goals that are right for you. After surgery, you should expect major improvements in obesity-related conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and joint pain. We encourage you to start the process by filling out and submitting your health history. We’ll call you within 48 hours to schedule your initial consultation.
Recognized Center of Excellence, Center of Distinction
- Excellent patient outcomes. Our quality of care, years of experience, comprehensive services, and positive patient outcomes are the reasons why our program is designated a Center of Excellence and Center of Distinction by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Optum Health, and Cigna. Only centers that meet their strict criteria are included among their distinguished centers.
- Experience matters. Our six board-certified surgeons perform approximately 800 bariatric surgeries each year, a number that has grown steadily since the program started 10 years ago. Studies show that surgical experience is an important indicator of your successful outcome.
- Our commitment to you. Our surgeons, physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, nursing, and anesthesia teams are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals. We work with you and your local doctor in the months leading up to surgery and in the years that follow, to ensure you maintain your initial successes.
- Safer, minimally invasive surgery. Nearly 99 percent of our bariatric surgeries are completed laparascopically, meaning they only require small incisions. In some cases, we are able to use the robotic tools to minimize incisions for more complex procedures that would normally require larger incisions. Smaller incisions translate to less pain, fewer complications, smaller scars, shorter stays, and faster recovery time for our patients.
- Post-surgery body contouring. If unwanted, loose skin and tissue hide the results of weight loss surgery, our skilled plastic surgeons can work with you to smooth and shape your body and ensure you feel and look your best.
Take the first steps
- Calculate your body mass index (BMI). To qualify for insurance coverage, you must have a body mass index of 40 or more, or 35 with a major health complication such as type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, chronic arthritis pain, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
- Ask your insurance company these questions. The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease, which may impact how insurers provide coverage for weight loss surgery.
- Attend an information seminar. Before you can be scheduled for weight loss surgery, you must attend a seminar or watch it online. Information seminars are free and held several times a month in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. The sessions provide you with the tools and information you need to have a successful surgery, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the surgeons and ask questions. Register online or call 866-637-0711.
- Submit your health history. After submitting your health history through our secure online portal, we will call you within 48 hours to schedule your consultation.
- Complete our nutritional questionnaire. Please print and complete this nutritional questionaire and bring it with you to your first appointment.