Bariatric Surgery

Carolina Surgical Associates is pleased to partner with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to offer a comprehensive Surgical Weight Loss Program with no program fee. The program includes pre-surgical education, nutritional consultations, psychological evaluations on ongoing emotional support.

 

Our Bariatric Surgeons

Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Jeffrey Chaudhari are the surgeons for the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss Program. Both are fellowship trained and have performed hundreds of successful sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable banding procedures. They have been trained in the latest techniques and work with each qualified patient to determine which type of procedure will best work for them.

Dr. David Anderson  

Dr. Jeffrey Chaudhari

 

Types of Bariatric Surgery

The main types of bariatric surgery are:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, is a restrictive procedure that limits the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of your stomach. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, a sleeve gastrectomy does not involve any surgery on the intestine. During the gastric sleeve procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. This sleeve typically holds between 50-100 ml, about the size of a banana. After the separation of the stomach into a smaller tube, the remainder of the stomach is removed. The valve at the outlet of the stomach remains, allowing the normal process of stomach emptying to continue, which allows for a quicker feeling of fullness when eating. In the gastric sleeve procedure, there are no new connections made between the stomach and small intestine.

    Because sleeve gastrectomy involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, the procedure is permanent.

 

  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, which permanently changes the size of your stomach and redirects part of your small intestines to a new, smaller pouch.

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding, which uses a band to create the pouch that can be tightened and loosened as needed. Our surgeons use both the LAP-BAND and the Realize Band.

Learn more about these surgeries >>

 

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

In general, weight loss surgery candidates:

  • Are at least 100 pounds overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
  • Have a BMI of 35 or above with two or more major health concerns such as sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease
  • Do not smoke, or abuse alcohol or drugs
  • Are 18-60 years of age
  • Have appropriate motivations and commitment to follow post-surgery guidelines

 

If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery or the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss Program, we invite you to attend a free educational seminar.