Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery
Welcome to the Baptist Center for Bariatrics
Congratulations! Your decision to consider bariatric surgery is a huge step forward in the journey to improve your health and change your life. Bariatric surgery is an effective long-term weight loss solution available today and its benefits are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year. With advances in medical knowledge and laparoscopic (minimally invasive) techniques, weight loss procedures are the safest they’ve ever been.
If you choose the Baptist Center for Bariatrics, you will have a team of skilled specialists dedicated to your health and safety by your side. Baptist Medical Center Downtown is consistently ranked as a top medical center in Northeast Florida and throughout the United States.Not sure where to start?
Click here to find some quick and easy Next Steps to get you started. Led by Bariatric Surgeons Craig Morgenthal, MD, FACS and Steven Hodgett, MD, FACS.
Qualifying For Bariatric Surgery
As a general rule, you may qualify for a weight loss surgery if you have a BMI of over 40. That roughly translates to being 100 pounds or more overweight. You may also qualify for surgery if you have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 and you suffer from one or more of the diseases associated with obesity, including type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Regardless of your BMI, bariatric surgery must be a medical necessity and not a cosmetic fix. You can check your BMI using the interactive calculator to the right.
It is important to note, if you are planning to pay for part or all of your surgery through insurance, your provider may have additional criteria for qualification.
So Where Do I Go From Here?
We understand that this process can be daunting and your attempts at diet and exercise have left you frustrated. We’ve seen it many times before and know how to help you get on the right track. Now that you’re considering bariatric surgery, we recommend becoming familiarized with what the weight loss surgery journey entails. Below you will find a quick step-by-step guide outlining the next part of the process. For a more detailed guide, please visit our Getting Started page.Call your insurance provider and find out their requirements for bariatric surgery coverage. Every plan is different, so bear in mind that you may have deductibles or other out-of-pocket expenses. Sign up for one of our free informational weight loss seminars where you will learn about the procedures, risks and benefits of surgery and meet members of our staff. Fill out our Bariatric Patient Health Questionnaire and either bring it with you to our seminar or fax it to our office at 904.391.5451.