Surgical Weight Management
*Effective June 22nd, we will be resuming the in-person Surgical Weight Loss monthly education
seminar for perspective patients. We will be practicing precautions to
minimize the possible exposure to the Coronavirus. Registration for the
seminar is REQUIRED. Limited number of seats available. We will continue
to offer the virtual presentation online as an alternative source of information
for perspective patients that cannot attend in person.
Please contact the Surgical Weight Management Office by calling 828-326-2082
email@example.com with any questions you may have or to request information regarding the
Surgical Weight Management Program.
Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Management Program
offers medical assistance, including bariatric surgery and support, to
provide treatment options aimed at improving health and prolonging life.
The program is a Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery accredited center,
by the American College of Surgeons and America Society of Metabolic and
Bariatric Surgery and voted one of America’s Best Hospitals for
Bariatric surgery can be an option for those individuals who are 18 to
70 years of age, weigh more than 100 pounds over recommended weight, have
a documented Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, and have exhausted
all efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise.
Our program features the following elements:
- Comprehensive care coordination by an RN both before and after surgery
- Operative education, support and follow-up for the patients and family
Medically Supervised Diet required by some insurances to complete before surgery
- Nutrition counseling and education by a clinical dietitian prior to and
- Monthly support group meetings and an online support group
- Lifetime follow-up care
- Commitment to the long-term management, support and care of our patients
The Surgical Weight Management Program offers two different surgical procedures
– Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy. These surgeries decrease
the size of the stomach into a small pouch which can only hold a limited
amount of food. This pouch becomes full quickly and empties out slowly.
It provides a feeling of fullness that lasts longer but with a smaller
intake of food. Decreasing the size of the stomach helps the person have
more control over what type of food and how much they eat.
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Weight loss surgery is major surgery and is viewed first and foremost as
a method for alleviating debilitating, chronic disease. Because of this,
candidates for surgical weight management are required to complete a series
of protocols for acceptance into the program, including the following:
- Completion of a detailed questionnaire about weight issues and medical history
- Mandatory participation in an educational seminar about the program and
its surgical options
- Referral letter from your primary care physician
- A comprehensive physical exam from your primary care physician, which includes
thyroid panel testing
- A psychological evaluation from a board-certified psychiatrist or psychologist
- Compilation of medical history from the past three years, including weight
Contact the Surgical Weight Management Program at 828.326.2082 for further