Weight Loss Surgery
Should You Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
It may be for you if you haven’t found success with diet, exercise, and/or medication. Bariatric surgery is a proven, safe, effective option. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reports that people typically lose between 60 and 75 percent of their excess weight in the first year after surgery, and maintain 50 percent of their excess weight loss five years after surgery. Studies also provide evidence that bariatric surgery helps people overcome obesity-related conditions including certain cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and joint pain. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 found that people who undergo bariatric surgery improve their life expectancy. You can start the process by attending one of our free weight loss seminars or watching this informational video. Then fill out and submit your health history. We will call you to schedule your initial consultation.
Choosing a Weight Loss Surgeon and Bariatric Center
There are many factors to consider when choosing a weight loss doctor and hospital for your bariatric surgery. Understanding which weight loss surgery option is right for you is equally important. Our bariatric surgeons are skilled in all weight loss surgery options, including gastric bypass surgery, gastric band, and gastric sleeve surgery. The medical team at Duke's bariatric clinic can give you the guidance, care, and support you need to achieve your goals. We offer:
- Experienced weight loss doctors. Our board certified bariatric surgeons are fellowship-trained, meaning they have completed additional years of training in bariatric surgery. They have been serving the Triangle for more than 20 years and perform approximately 800 bariatric surgeries each year. Studies show that surgical experience is an important indicator of your successful outcome.
- Bariatric surgery for teens. Duke Regional Hospital is accredited to perform weight loss surgery on adolescents by the MBSAQIP of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It is the only North Carolina hospital, and one of the few in the country, with accreditation to offer weight loss surgery options to teens ages 15 to 18.
Our commitment to you. Our weight loss surgeons, physician assistants, psychologists, nutritionists, endocrinologists, nursing, and anesthesia teams are committed to helping you achieve your goals. We work with you and your doctor to establish a successful weight loss plan.
- Safer, laparoscopic bariatric surgery. We perform minimally invasive surgery -- meaning smaller incisions -- in nearly 99 percent of our bariatric surgeries. In some cases, we use 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.
- Post-surgery body contouring. Our skilled plastic surgeons smooth and shape your body if unwanted, loose skin and tissue hide the results of your bariatric surgery.
- Pre- and post-bariatric surgery support groups. We offer free monthly and weekly weight loss surgery support groups at our bariatric clinic to people before and after surgery. Topics include nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and more. You will be able to meet people with similar experiences in an educational and supportive setting. You do not have to have your bariatric surgery at Duke to participate.
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 and a major health complication such as type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, chronic arthritis pain, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
- Ask your insurance company if weight loss surgery is covered. The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease, which may impact how insurers provide coverage for weight loss surgery.
- Attend a weight loss information seminar. You must attend a weight loss seminar or watch it online before you can be scheduled for weight loss surgery. Information seminars are free and held regularly. 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 weight loss surgeons and ask questions. Register by calling 866-637-0711.
- Submit your health history. After submitting your health history through our secure online portal, we will call you to schedule your consultation.
- Complete our nutritional questionnaire. Please complete this nutritional questionnaire before you come to your first appointment.