Weight-loss Surgery

At Vidant Medical Center, our team has served as pioneers of gastric bypass surgery for nearly 30 years. We work to give you the best medical care possible while you're with us and to provide you with the tools needed to continue your commitment to a healthy life after you leave our center.

You probably feel like you have not been successful with many types of diets to lose weight. One of the reasons that most of those diets fail is because of hunger. Weight-loss surgery restricts the amount of food you can consume, causing you to feel full more quickly and reducing the amount of food you eat and, therefore, the calories you consume.

Generally, surgery is recommended for people who are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight, as defined by their physicians. You should always discuss a plan for your lifestyle with your doctor first. The Vidant Wellness Center also has services available before and after weight-loss surgery to help you decide if this is the best choice for you and to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.

Weight-loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, may be an option for you if you suffer from severe obesity and you cannot lose weight by traditional means, especially if you have serious health problems caused by being overweight. Weight-loss surgery has proven to be a safe, effective means of controlling many of the conditions caused by obesity. Recent research has found that four out of five patients who had type 2 diabetes before surgery had a full, lasting remission, some within a few days, after the procedure.

As in other treatments for obesity, the best results after surgery are achieved with healthy eating habits and regular physical activity. Surgery can be the start of a major lifestyle change, giving you the tools you need to improve your health. At Vidant Medical Center, we have a reputation for being a national leader in bariatric surgery. We truly understand how difficult it has been for you to lose weight. During the past 29 years, we have continued to explore treatments and support research to provide you with safe and effective ways to lose weight; 2,000 patients later, we are still committed to caring and helping you lose weight.

We offer traditional gastric bypass surgery as well as gastric banding with the LAP-BAND® system. We work with patients from the moment they come into our program through follow-up after surgery. We want you to make a life-long commitment to your health, and we will provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your goals.