Becoming healthy by losing a significant amount of weight is a challenging task for most people. When additional weight keeps you from living the lifestyle you want, it is time to make a change. Bariatric surgery offers a good option for individuals who have struggled with their weight for years to make a permanent change.
For bariatric surgery patients, the change does not end with surgery. In fact, it is just the beginning. Working with a dietitian pre- and post- surgery is a key to success, because surgery is simply a catalyst to lifestyle change. This change includes eating for health, regular exercise, and ongoing support from dietitians and your peers.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have a BMI above 35 ( BMI calculator ) but under 70, are at least 18 years of age, then you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.
WakeMed Cary Hospital Outpatient Dietitians offer convenient appointments to fit your schedule beginning at 7:30 am and as late as 5 pm.
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
Cary Hospital is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. A large part of this designation is awarded based on support services provide post-surgery. WakeMed Cary Hospital Dietitians are specially trained to provided individualized, comprehensive support to bariatric surgery patients and also host regular bariatric support groups free of charge.
Bariatric Distinction Center
WakeMed Cary Hospital is one of the first health care facilities in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in the area of bariatric surgery by the Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction® Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective measures, which were developed with input from the medical community, for patient safety and better health outcomes. Learn more.
Bariatric surgery nutrition counseling services are being offered as a covered service more frequently by health insurance providers. Check with your insurance carrier today.
Schedule an Appointment
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call or have your physician FAX a referral to us. Insurance coverage and costs may vary.
Ask A Dietitian
WakeMed dietitians are ready to provide helpful information on a variety of topics. Every Wednesday we will respond to a question submitted on the WakeMed Voices Blog. * Note due to the volume of questions received, we are unable to respond to every question submitted.
Wondering which protein bar is best? Confused about what you heard/read in a recent nutrition news story or article? Is eating organic foods better for my health? E-mail your question to AskADietitian f@ wakemed.org.
Ask A Dietitian is intended for general questions about nutrition. Ask A Dietitian is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical treatment or one-on-one counseling and is not intended to establish a patient/provider relationship. Please schedule an appointment with our Registered Dietitians or your physician regarding your individual health needs.
WakeMed dietitians are frequent contributors on a variety of nutrition topics to our WakeMed Voices blog. Check out what they have to say.