Weight loss (or bariatric) surgery changes the stomach and digestive process, with the goal of weight loss. This can be accomplished by:
Carolinas HealthCare System offers three surgeries:
To be considered for bariatric surgery, you need to meet one of the following criteria:
|Your Body Mass Index||Classification||Your Health Risk|
|18.5 - 24.9||Normal weight||Minimal|
|25 - 29.9||Overweight||Increased|
|30 - 34.9||Obese||High|
|35 - 39.9||Severely Obese||Very high|
|40 and over||Morbidly Obese||Extremely high|
If you BMI is over 35, take the first step toward weight loss. Sign-up for a free weight loss seminar.
You'll go through the following steps as we help you achieve your goals for weight loss.
"I now have a life I never knew I was missing. So much has changed for me, but even the little things are wonderful: I get in an out of the car with ease. Walking doesn't exhaust me after 10 minutes. My mind is clear and thought processes come easier. I actually want to do physical activities I never would’ve considered before. And that's just the beginning."
"I knew that I needed to change my life. I was unhealthy, and I wasn't pleased with the direction my life was taking. This surgery has been the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I feel like a new person. I have an incredible amount of energy and feel like I could just keep going and going.
In struggling with my weight my whole life, I managed to diet my way to over 300 lbs. And that was with every combination of diet and exercise program around! At that weight, life was a constant struggle and I was very worried about my health. Even though I was young, I had high blood pressure, was borderline diabetic and suffered from constant lower back pain. Once I went to the patient seminar and got all the information, I immediately knew it was right for me. Since my surgery, I no longer have high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels or lower back pain!
One of our bariatric surgeons explains in this video about weight loss surgery and answers some of your most frequent questions.
How long does the surgery take?
Most cases require about 2 hours of actual operating time, but this varies.
How long am I in the hospital?
Most patients remain in the hospital for two days for gastric bypass. Many adjustable gastric banding patients may go home the same day.
How long will I be out of work?
Many people find they are ready to return to work in two weeks. Some feel they can return earlier, some later.
Is there another treatment option for those who don’t qualify for surgery?
Carolinas HealthCare Systems offers several outstanding options for those who don't need bariatric surgery. Our non-surgical weight loss options include a customized weight management program, and a non-surgical weight loss procedure, known as the gastric balloon procedure. Click here to learn more.
Which types of weight loss surgery are performed at Carolinas HealthCare System?
We offer three procedures: adjustable gastric band, the gastric sleeve and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
Why should I consider surgery at Carolinas HealthCare Systems?
Our program is one of the few centers to be designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. We have performed hundreds of successful bariatric surgeries and offer a full range of lifestyle and lifelong bariatric support programs.
What are the benefits of surgery?
Bariatric surgery can lead to massive weight loss. Long term, you can expect to lose a minimum of 50 percent of the excess weight and often much more. Along with increasing your lifespan, you'll find that your chances of serious complications from obesity are reduced dramatically.
Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?
All insurance coverage is different, so this depends on your individual insurance plan. We will ask you to bring your photo ID and insurance card to one of our FREE bariatric information sessions. This will allow our insurance coordinator to review your insurance plan and assess your coverage before any surgery is scheduled.
What kind of foods can I eat after surgery?
Most people who have had a gastric sleeve or adjustable gastric band procedure can eat all the foods they enjoyed before the surgery, but in smaller portions.
Will I ever gain weight after surgery?
Obesity itself can cause biological changes within your body that can make you more susceptible to weight regain. But it’s rare for you to regain all the weight you lost, and with proper nutrition and lifestyle changes, you should be able to keep your weight off for a lifetime.