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When diet and exercise
aren’t enough

"I can tie my shoes without losing my breath. I can sit in a booth in a restaurant. I don’t have to buy two seats on a plane, and I can buy clothes off the rack. These are big things." -Tom Bauer, weight loss surgery patient

If you have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise, and are ready to end your frustration by finding a real solution that works, you might benefit from bariatric surgery. Novant Health Weight Loss Services offers a wide variety of surgical options that help patients do much more than lose weight. Our board-certified bariatric surgeons will assess your current health, as well as your health history, to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery and, if so, which option is best for you.

There are two main types of bariatric procedures:

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery affects much more than a number on the scale. Obesity is often linked to other health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease and even cancer. Losing weight can lower your risk of developing those conditions if you are not yet affected by them, and can lessen the symptoms or severity of conditions currently affecting your health.

Losing weight can also have a huge impact on your emotional well-being. After weight loss surgery, many patients are able to enjoy activities that have been off-limits for years, and most say they are more satisfied with their appearance and more confident presenting themselves to the world.

Read the stories of some patients who have been where you are, and are now living healthier, more active lives after weight loss surgery:

  • For Jo Crowley and her two adult children, weight loss became a family affair. Read about how this group has seen big benefits from weight loss surgery coupled with Novant Health’s unparalleled weight loss support system.
  • Tom Bauer was happy with his personal and professional life, but he knew carrying more than 400 pounds was taking a toll on his health. A gastric sleeve procedure put an end to years of unsuccessful dieting and allowed him to once again enjoy some of life’s little pleasures.

Our team of registered dietitians and nurse navigators will answer all of your questions about preparing for bariatric surgery, recovery time after weight loss surgery and whether your insurance policy will cover your weight loss procedure.

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Candidates for bariatric surgery have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI between 35 and 40 with other obesity-related health problems such as:

The best weight loss surgery candidates are committed to making lifestyle changes after surgery to maintain weight loss through diet and exercise.

Locations specializing in this service: