Bariatric Surgery Candidates & Processes
See how Nash Surgical Weight Loss Center helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for Me?
You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery at Nash UNC if you:
- Are between 18 and 65 years old
- Have a BMI of 40 or above, OR a BMI of 35 to 39 and an obesity-related condition, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea
- Have not been able to achieve or maintain a weight loss through other methods
- Can commit to long-term lifestyle changes and all recommended follow-up appointments
What's Your BMI?
Calculate your body mass index using our online BMI calculator.
Your insurance plan may have additional requirements for weight-loss surgery. To learn about your coverage, contact your insurance provider.
Your Steps to Weight-Loss Surgery
Count on the team at Nash Surgical Weight Loss Center to provide guidance and support throughout your weight-loss journey. You’ll achieve the best possible outcome when you follow the steps in our program.
Call 252-962-6503 to register for a free class. You’ll:
- Learn about types of bariatric surgery
- Discuss the benefits, risks, and requirements of bariatric surgery
- Discover what to expect before and after surgery
- Have a one-on-one assessment with the program’s physician assistant (PA)
- Receive a weight-loss surgery guidebook
Work with your care team to make sure you’re physically and emotionally ready for both surgery and life after surgery. Bring a completed copy of the bariatric surgery patient health history form [PDF] to your appointment.
Meet with your surgeon to:
- Have a physical exam
- Decide what type of surgery you’ll have
- Learn what to expect for your specific surgery
After you schedule your surgery, attend a preoperative visit with our RN and PA to:
- Complete any necessary blood tests or other lab work
- Update your medical history
- Get a physical exam
- Receive instructions for the day of your surgery
Learn more about preparing for surgery at Nash UNC.
Your experience on the day of surgery will depend on the type of surgery you’re getting. Your care team will provide details about what to expect.
Rely on us to help you recover. Depending on the procedure you choose, you’ll most likely stay in the hospital one night. Enjoy specialized care in a dedicated wing of the hospital from nurses trained in caring for patients like you.
Depending on your job and your unique situation, you may need anywhere from a few days to four weeks to recover.
Life After Surgery
To get the best long-term results from your surgery: