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The Safety of Weight Loss Surgery

Based on reported procedures to the national registry for a period between June 2007 and September 2009, the percentage of serious events following all 3 types of bariatric surgery was below 2%.  The percentage of mortality was BELOW .25% (SRC BOLD report)

The mortality rate for bariatric and metabolic surgery is lower than for other common procedures such as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hip replacement, or coronary artery bypass. (SRC BOLD report)

The Obesity Treatment Decision Pyramid


Learn more by viewing our complete slide deck here: Bariatric Surgery and Treatment of Obesity


Results of a recent survey show that 86% of patients wish they had undergone weight loss surgery sooner and half of physicians would have suggested weight loss surgery sooner. Read more at the Bariatric Times


Multiple medical organizations and societies recognize the benefit of Bariatric Surgery:

“Bariatric surgery should be considered for adults with BMI ≥ 35 kg/m2 and type 2 diabetes, especially if the diabetes is difficult to control with lifestyle and pharmacologic therapy.” – American Diabetes Association (2009)

“When indicated, surgical intervention leads to significant improvements in decreasing excess weight and co-morbidities that can be maintained over time.” – American Heart Association (2011)

“Bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes and obesity not achieving recommended treatment targets with medical therapies” – International Diabetes Federation (2011)

“The beneficial effect of surgery on reversal of existing DM and prevention of its development has been confirmed in a number of studies” – American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (2011)

Patient Self-Referral

Please note that patients may self-refer by calling 901-881-0600 and attending a weight loss surgery seminar

Check Your BMI

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Melissa’s Story

Dr. Robert Wegner performed my RNY gastric bypass surgery on November 9, 2015. I was 36 at the time, and while I’ve never been skinny, I have an athletic build and played three sports throughout high school. I started struggling with my weight my first year of college when I was 18 years old. I have tried just about every diet on the market. I … Continue reading

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This (These) testimonial(s) reflect results achieved by this (these) patients. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.

This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.

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