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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.

Insurance Requirements

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.

Education

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

Evaluation

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.

Surgeon Visit

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

Preoperative Visit

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.

Surgery

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.

Recovery

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:

Begin Your Journey

Take your first step toward lasting weight loss. Attend a free class at Nash UNC Health Care. You’ll learn about bariatric surgery options, discover what to expect, and have a one-on-one assessment with a Nash UNC weight-loss expert. Call 252-962-6503 to learn more and register.

Should I Have Weight-Loss Surgery?

Visit our health library to find tools that can help you decide whether to have weight-loss surgery.

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