Alabama Weight Loss Surgery Specialists

For many in Alabama struggling with obesity, weight loss can feel like an impossible challenge. However, bariatric surgery is a transformative step in your weight loss journey, improving your overall health and quality of life. From gastric bypass to sleeve gastrectomy, our experts offer a variety of procedures to help you achieve lasting weight loss success.

RMC’s Bariatric Surgery Center in Anniston, AL

Choosing a reputable weight loss program is crucial for a safe and successful outcome. We stand out as a leader in the field, offering a multitude of benefits for patients on their weight loss journey.

For starters, we’re accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This distinction signifies our commitment to the highest standards of patient care and surgical excellence. Additionally, the center is distinguished as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Bariatric Surgery, further underscoring our positive patient experiences.

That’s not to mention our team of experienced surgeons, nurses, and support staff to provide comprehensive care throughout your body transformation, from pre-surgical psychological evaluation to post-operative support and follow-up.

Furthermore, our center is at the forefront of bariatric surgery innovation by offering a variety of advanced and minimally invasive procedures. This allows our doctors to cater to individual needs and provide the most suitable surgical approach to losing weight.

Is a Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

Bariatric surgery typically involves modifying the digestive system to restrict food intake or absorption. Here are some general indicators that weight loss surgery may be right for you.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI): Generally, weight loss surgery is recommended for individuals with a BMI of 40 or higher or those with a BMI of 35 or higher who have weight-related health problems like type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea.
  • Medical History: Your doctor will consider your current medications, previous abdominal surgeries, and digestive disorders that could hinder recovery.
  • Commitment to Lifestyle Changes: Weight loss surgery is a major commitment, but it’s only one part of the equation. Long-term success requires a lifelong dedication to a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Here’s a brief overview of the pros and cons:


  • Significant and sustained weight loss
  • Better control of obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure.
  • Increased energy levels
  • Self-esteem boost


  • Long-term commitment to dietary changes and follow-up care
  • Risk of nutritional deficiencies requiring supplements
  • Surgery isn’t a magic wand—be prepared for lifestyle changes

Types of Weight Loss Surgeries Offered

Our bariatric surgery center offers a comprehensive range of weight loss procedures to cater to individual patient circumstances and anatomical considerations. They include:

It involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting it directly to the small intestine. This bypasses a large portion of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine to reduce your food consumption and nutrient absorption.

The surgery removes about 80% of the stomach, leaving a banana-shaped sleeve. This reduces the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner.

The surgeon places an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. This band can be tightened or loosened to control the amount of food that can pass from the stomach into the small intestine.

This procedure is recommended for individuals who have not achieved the desired weight loss or have experienced complications with past procedures. It may involve converting one type of weight loss surgery to another or revising a previous surgery to improve outcomes.

Insurance and Coverage Information

Insurance providers may cover bariatric surgery, but you should meet specific criteria before approval. Coverage will depend on your individual plan and state regulations. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Medicaid: This coverage varies by state and is typically determined based on medical necessity. In some states, Medicaid may pay for bariatric surgery for individuals who meet certain criteria, such as having a BMI above a certain threshold and experiencing obesity-related health issues. It’s important to check with your state’s Medicaid program for specific coverage guidelines.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS): The insurance may cover weight loss surgery, but the specifics vary by plan. Some BCBS plans may require pre-authorization or documentation of medical necessity before approving coverage for bariatric surgery. It’s important to review your specific BCBS plan documents or contact your insurance provider for coverage details.

Remember, even if your insurance covers bariatric surgery, you may still be responsible for out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance.

Preparing for Surgery: Steps and Guidelines

This initial meeting allows you to discuss your weight loss goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have. Our team will perform a thorough evaluation, including physical exams, blood tests, and psychological assessments.

We’ll work with your insurance company to obtain pre-authorization for your chosen surgery. Our team can also assist you with paperwork and navigate any coverage questions you might have.

We’ll teach about dietary modifications, exercise routines, and lifestyle changes crucial for post-surgery success.

A few weeks before surgery, you may need to transition to a liquid diet to prepare your digestive system. A registered dietitian will guide you through this process and ensure you’re receiving essential nutrients.

Additional blood tests, imaging scans, and other tests may be required to confirm your overall health and suitability for surgery. Addressing pre-existing health conditions is also crucial at this stage.

Your physician clears you for surgery once all evaluations are complete and you’ve successfully met pre-operative requirements.

Common Concerns

We understand surgery can be nerve-wracking and are committed to open communication throughout the process. Here’s how we address common concerns:

  • Pain Management: Our team utilizes advanced techniques and pain medication protocols to minimize discomfort after surgery.
  • Recovery Time: We’ll discuss the expected recovery timeline and provide detailed instructions on post-surgical care.
  • Long-Term Support: We offer ongoing support to help you maintain your weight loss and overall health in the long term.

Remember, we have you covered every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have during your pre-operative journey.

Contact Information and Consultation Scheduling

We offer a comprehensive and compassionate approach to weight loss surgery with a focus on patient safety, quality of care, and long-term success. A healthier future awaits. Call us at 256-235-8900 to schedule a consultation and embark on your weight-loss journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Weight loss varies depending on the procedure and your commitment. On average, patients can expect to lose 60% to 80% of their excess body weight within the first 18 months.

Many insurance companies cover weight loss surgery if it is deemed medically necessary. However, coverage requirements vary, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider.

Although serious complications are rare, weight loss surgery is not free of risks. Our doctors will take you through potential issues to help you make an informed decision.

Although serious complications are rare, weight loss surgery is not free of risks. Our doctors will take you through potential issues to help you make an informed decision.

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