Frequently Asked Questions

If you are 50 to 100 percent over your ideal body weight, diet and exercise have only a five percent success rate for long term weight loss.  Our new Beginning program is a proven way to not just help you succeed at weight loss, but live a healthier more active life.

Many health plans cover bariatric surgery.  It’s important to check with your individual plan for benefits and coverage.

There are certain qualifications that must be met, including:

  • a BMI of 40 or more
  • a BMI of 35-39.9 plus serious medical conditions such as high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, Type II diabetes and other serious cardiopulmonary disorders
  • a quality of life that’s restricted by severe obesity
  • an understanding of the risks and effects of bariatric surgery
  • a motivation to make life-long changes to eating and physical activity habits

While the above are general guidelines to qualifying for bariatric surgery, the best way to learn if you are qualified is to talk with your doctor or have a personal consultation at The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman. 

Yes.  For those who must private-pay or self-pay, the cost of bariatric surgery can be as low as $12,800.  If you think the surgery could benefit your life but are concerned about affordability, we encourage you to explore your financial options before giving up.  There are third-party options for affordable financing.  Or, rather than investing in new furniture or a vacation this year, consider investing that money in something far more important: you. 

If you are committed to making it work, the New Beginning program is proven to work.  We help you physically and emotionally prepare for the changes before and after surgery. We don’t just give you a new body; we give you the tools to make your new body realistic, sustainable and enjoyable.

Technically, for one year after your surgery, you will have a number of follow-up appointments with your surgeon, nurse, dietitian and nutritionist.  Plus, we offer individual and group support with others on the weight loss journey.  And, even as years pass and you meet goals, we’ll still be here when you need us.

Surgery takes about two hours for the average patient, but some procedures may take longer.

For most people, the average is one or two days.

Most patients have minimally-invasive surgery, which can be performed through as few as one or several quarter-inch incisions on your abdomen.  In some cases, patient-specific risks do require the use of standard open surgery.

While most patients go back to work within two weeks, the actual length of time will be determined by your surgeon. There are also some restrictions that apply.

After your body has time to adjust to the surgical changes, you can look forward to eating normal healthy everyday foods again.  The difference? You’ll approach food with the knowledge to make better choices about what and how much food you eat.

We offer free bi-monthly educational seminars the second Wednesday and last Monday of every month at Lake Norman Regional.  Please call 1-888-995-6762 (888-99LNRMC) to register.  We are conveniently located 30 minutes north of Charlotte, exit 33 on Interstate 77. We look forward to your New Beginning!

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Featured Testimonial

  • Gerald dropped 120 lbs and 7 pant sizes with gastric sleeve surgery.
  • Ashley lost 80 lbs (and counting) with bariatric surgery.
  • This surgery was the best decision I have ever made for myself.

Becoming a Patient

Step 1: Seminars

Attend Our Free Weight Loss Seminar

It is necessary to attend one of our free, monthly informational seminars before your first appointment with The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman. There are two options:

  • In person: Call 1-888-995-6762 (888-99LNRMC) to reserve your spot. Space is limited.
  • Online: Convenient if you live outside Mooresville.
Step 2: Insurance

Call Your Insurance Company
Check to make sure weight loss surgery is covered by your plan. Criteria for coverage will vary among insurance companies.

Step 3: See the Surgeon

See the Surgeon
After attending a seminar and deciding that this is something you would like to pursue, please call the office to schedule an appointment with the surgeon.

Step 4: Consultations

Consultations
To meet established guidelines for weight loss surgery, consultations with a registered dietician, a physical therapist and a behavioral health specialist are required.

Step 5: Pre-operative Visit

Pre-operative Appointments
You are moving forward with surgery and to prepare you for your new beginning, will need to attend the following appointment:

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