Conveniently located to serve Raleigh, NC
Have you struggled to lose weight? Have the latest diet fads, exercise trends, and medication failed? You should consider weight loss surgery to improve your health and quality of life. Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a proven, safe, and effective approach to overcoming obesity and obesity related health conditions.
REX Bariatric Specialists serves all of North Carolina, providing specialty care in weight loss surgery. Our offices locations include Raleigh, Wake Forest, Garner, Cary and Holly Springs. We reach patients throughout the region by telemedicine, from Wilmington, Greenville, Charlotte and beyond as a destination center for bariatric surgery.
Our surgeons offer a broad range of weight-loss surgery options, including duodenal switch, SADI-S, sleeve, gastric bypass, and revision surgery. We specialize in these advanced procedures, such as duodenal switch and SADI-DS, and perform more than most practices nationwide. We offer a thorough and complete preparation process and promote lifelong support and follow-up care. This comprehensive approach has helped patients like you achieve transformational and durable results in health and quality of life.
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
You can trust Rex Bariatrics Specialists for your care. Rex Hospital is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited comprehensive center of excellence for weight-loss surgery. This national endorsement distinguishes our program to include:
- Fellowship trained and board-certified bariatric surgeons
- An integrated health team with expertise in bariatric care: medical weight management physicians, registered dietitians, psychologists, health educators, nurse coordinators, and patient mentors
- Imaging equipment, surgical tools, and hospital infrastructure expressly designed for your safety and comfort
- Strict training and policy measures to assure thoughtful and well- planned bariatric care
Rex Hospital is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Gastric Stapling. This means you can count on us for not only affordable, high-value care but also highest quality outcomes.
Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery, combined with long-term healthy lifestyle changes, can help you lose significant weight and improve conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Joint pain
Ideal Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
Candidates for bariatric surgery are at least 18 years old. For patients suffering from sleep apnea, Type II diabetes, and other health conditions leading to obesity, those with 35-39.9 kg/m2 are excellent candidates. Patients with 40 kg/m2 BMI are all ideal candidates.
Patients who have been unable to lose weight with regular dieting and exercise are the best candidates for bariatric surgery.
Ideal candidates do not have any pre-existing conditions that could negatively affect the healing process. Candidates must be committed to a healthy lifestyle coupled with a proper diet and regular exercise.
Your Bariatric Surgery Consultation
Patients can watch our online video seminar or join our virtual Zoom seminar before scheduling a consultation. However, our free in-person seminar is mostly recommended if you want to meet our bariatric surgeons for a consultation.
During your one-on-one consultation, you will discuss your weight-loss goals and the struggles you have encountered when trying to achieve them. Our surgeon will look over your medical history and relevant health conditions to design your most suitable treatment plan.
You must let your surgeon know about any medications you are currently taking, including diet pills, as well as any weight-loss procedures you have undergone. This will help minimize the chance of complications during the bariatric surgery.
The treatment plan will be thoroughly explained to you. Preparatory instructions will be provided, in addition to what you can expect after the surgery.
Potential fees included in the surgery will also be discussed so the patient can prepare their budget. The patient can ask questions at any time during this consultation.
What Is Bariatric Surgery Like?
Bariatric surgery will take several hours; the exact duration will depend on the details of the treatment plan.
General anesthesia will be administered at the start of bariatric surgery. The surgeon will then perform the bariatric surgery procedure chosen during the consultation. Incisions will be made and will be closed after the procedure.
The Bariatric Surgery Recovery Period
The patient will stay in the hospital for at least two days after the surgery. This will be necessary for the initial recovery period and to monitor the condition of the patient. The patient will be given medications to minimize the pain and swelling while recovering.
Most patients will be allowed to go home two days after their bariatric surgery. Patients may have trouble with certain types of movement during the first few days of their recovery period. Certain physical activities will be prohibited during the first two weeks.
The patient may need to hire a professional healthcare provider during recovery or have someone to help them with their daily needs. Specific instructions will be given to make recovery as comfortable as possible and to reduce the risk of complications.
Our surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment to check on the progress of your recovery and determine when you are allowed to return to normal physical activities. Results will start to show in the months after the patient has fully recovered.
Bariatric Surgery Cost
The cost of bariatric surgery depends on the treatment plan and bariatric surgery option used. Contact your health insurance company to determine whether the price of the surgery will be covered. We also offer convenient payment options for our patients.
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REX Bariatrics is such an amazing and life changing doctors office. When considering weight loss surgery, I searched every option in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area and found this office to provide the most in-depth support before and after surgery. After attending the information seminar, I knew I would be in good hands with any of the drs but chose Dr. Sharp, who was a great motivator. He was understanding of my struggles, easy to talk to, had a great bedside manner, and I had complete trust in. I am over 2 years out from surgery and still have the continued support of Drs, PAs, nutritionists, and staff who really care about continued weight loss and maintaining health. I love that I still have support groups, cooking classes, seminars, and classes I can attend on a weekly basis. I would absolutely recommend REX Bariatrics to anyone considering weight loss surgery.