Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is the #1 health problem in the nation, with more than half of Americans overweight and roughly 12 million Americans suffering from morbid obesity. If you're significantly overweight and want to make a lifestyle change, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Contact Information

Anderson Regional Medical Center- North
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

Weight Loss Surgery

Our Physicians | About the Procedure | Candidates for Surgery | Ongoing Support | Media


About the Procedure

Gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach by about 75%. The decrease in stomach size causes patients to feel full sooner and may lower the production of hunger-inducing hormones, leading to significant long-term weight loss and health improvement.

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically through several small abdominal incisions which helps minimize pain and provide a faster recovery. The surgery lasts about an hour, and patients usually stay in the hospital for one to two days.

Most patients can expect to lose 50-60% of excess body weight in the first year after the surgery, and many see an improvement in chronic conditions and their overall health.


Candidates for Surgery

Surgery candidates should:

  • Have a Body Mass Index or BMI over 40
  • Have a BMI over 35 and are experiencing negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being overweight
  • Be more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight
  • And are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medically-supervised dieting.

Ongoing Support


Dr. Andrea Goodwin, Obesity Medicine Specialist, works closely with patients who are considering this surgery to ensure they have the education, information and support they need to be successful. Patients receive individual consultations, participate in classes and have access to support groups to prepare them for the physical, mental and emotional changes that may occur.

Media


Gastric Sleeve Patients

In this Medical Minute, Dr. Andrea Goodwin, Obesity Medicine Specialist at Meridian Weight Management Center, explains the characteristics of a patient who may benefit from gastric sleeve surgery.



Gastric Sleeve Surgery

In this Medical Minute, Dr. Dru Denison discusses how gastric sleeve surgery can lead to reduced body weight and improved health.