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Surgical Weight Loss Solutions

Weight loss and keeping the pounds off can be a life-long battle. If you struggle with obesity and have made serious attempts at losing weight through diet and exercise, weight loss surgery—also known as bariatric surgery—could be an option.

Weight loss surgery options we offer, depending on location, include:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric band (or lap band)
  • Laparoscopic/robotic gastric bypass
  • Laparoscopic/robotic gastric sleeve

Surgery procedures are usually performed with minimally invasive techniques.

Bariatric surgery is a major decision, and it is not an immediate or quick fix solution. Our caring physicians are dedicated to helping surgical weight loss patients live a healthy life.


Minimally invasive surgery. Life-changing results

Our team will guide you through the surgical process and the recovery options available to maintain your weight loss. Princeton Baptist Medical Center's bariatric surgeons provide three bariatric surgical options, usually performed through minimally invasive or laparoscopic techniques. Talk to your surgeon about which option is best for you.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

RYGB restricts food intake and decreases the absorption of food. The creation of a small pouch that excludes most of the stomach and other parts of the digestive tract re-routes food directly into the small intestine.

Adjustable Gastric Band

The AGB is a small, bracelet-like band placed around the top of the stomach to decrease food intake. A circular balloon inside the band can be inflated or deflated with saline solution to change the size of the opening.

Gastric Sleeve

A GS procedure is when a surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach about the size of a banana. A GS processed may by the first step in a two-part treatment when a gastric bypass is to be performed later.

Laparoscopic/Robotic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic/Robotic Gastric Bypass helps morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight without gaining it back. Most patients lose 70 to 80 percent of excess body weight and keep it off for more than five years. To be successful long-term, patients must adhere to an active and healthy lifestyle after surgery.

Laparoscopic/Robotic Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve gastrectomy induces weight loss by restricting food intake. With this procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 75 to 80 percent of the stomach laparoscopically or robotically so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or “sleeve.” Gastric bypass results in weight loss by restricting food intake and altering the digestive process.

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.


Join us for free seminars to learn more about weight loss surgery options. In-person and online seminar options are available.

Seminars with Dr. Andrew DeWitt

Held at 9 a.m. at the Comprehensive Bariatric Center, 817 Princeton Ave. S.W., Birmingham, at the dates listed below:

2021 Seminar Dates:

Jan 16Feb 20Mar 20
Apr 17May 15Jun 19
Jul 17Aug 21Sep 18
Oct 16Nov 6Dec 4

Seminars with Dr. John Mathews and/or Dr. Winn Mathews

Held at 10 a.m. at the Comprehensive Bariatric Center, 817 Princeton Ave. S.W., Birmingham, at the dates listed below:

2021 Seminar Dates:

Jan 9Feb 13Mar 13
Apr 10May 8Jun 12
Jul 10Aug 14Sep 11
Oct 9Nov 13Dec 11

Support group

Whether you are thinking about weight loss surgery or are a post-surgical patient, you’re invited to attend our monthly support group meetings to help you on your journey.

Held at 11 a.m. at the Comprehensive Bariatric Center, 817 Princeton Ave. S.W., Birmingham, at the dates listed below:

2021 Support Group Dates:

Jan 16Feb 20Mar 20
Apr 17May 15Jun 19
Jul 17Aug 21Sep 18
Oct 16Nov 6Dec 4
For more information about seminars or support group, please call 205-783-7991.

Are you a Candidate?

Find out if weight loss surgery is right for you.

Talk with a Nurse Navigator

Our Nurse Navigators are Registered Nurses who can answer your hospital related questions, help you navigate your way through the registration process, and more.