Getting Started

The first step in our process to start your weight loss journey is to register to attend one of our free education seminars. Seminars are held on Thursday mornings from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm at our Southern Surgical Bariatric Institute conference center. Click here for more details about the process to surgery.

Reservations are required as seating is limited so contact 252-758-2224 to reserve your spot today!

Defining Morbid Obesity
Obesity is a serious disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define morbid obesity as:

  • Being 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight
  • Or, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • Or, having a BMI of 35 or greater and one or more co-morbid condition

The disease of morbid obesity interferes with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. Long-term implications of the disease include shorter life expectancy, serious health consequences in the form of weight-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and a lower quality of life with fewer economic and social opportunities.

Co-morbidities are health problems associated with morbid obesity. They can include: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, depression, reflux, joint pain and many others.

Bariatric surgery is a treatment option for people living with morbid obesity—especially for those who have not experienced long-term weight loss success through other means. Often referred to as weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery has transformed the health and lives of more than 800,000 people in the past six years. Bariatric surgery can be considered either restrictive, malabsorptive or both. These approaches help patients to lose weight and improve or resolve co-morbid conditions.

If you would like more information about bariatric surgery and our program, please contact our office at 252-758-2224 to register for a FREE education seminar.


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