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Weight Loss Surgery Program

MUSC Health Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

The MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program, which includes an experienced interdisciplinary team of bariatric surgeons, coordinators, and clinicians is dedicated to supporting you on your weight loss and maintenance journey.

New Patient Welcome Video

Watch our New Patient Welcome Video for Information about the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program at MUSC Health. This documentary-style video will orient you to our program, introduce you to our team, and give you an overview of bariatric surgeries offered, risks and benefits, and how our program works.

After watching the video, please fill out the form below the video, and you will be directed to complete our 'Patient Information Forms' and then contacted to schedule an initial consultation with the bariatric surgeon and team.

After viewing the video, please complete this form to begin the new patient evaluation process. 

Download a PDF of the Information Session slides

Dr. Byrne and Dr. Pullattrana Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Thomas Karl Byrne and Dr. Rana Pullattrana answer questions about weight loss surgery. From who is a candidate for bariatric surgery to what you should expect after weight loss surgery, our MUSC Health bariatric surgeons provide an FAQ for prospective patients. Learn what makes MUSC Health different from other bariatric surgery programs and why you should choose MUSC Health.

Our Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Procedures

MUSC Health's Weight Loss Surgery Program performs three primary weight loss operations for the treatment of obesity.  We offer the non-surgical intragastric balloon procedure for patients who meet criteria. We perform revisions of previous procedures for complications or in some cases failure to lose weight or weight regain. The program currently offers the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch.  Below is an brief overview of each of these procedures.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch which is reconnected to the small intestine creating restriction and less absorption.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure, similar to a partial gastrectomy, removing part of the stomach and leaving a long thin tube-shaped (sleeve) stomach.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

After a sleeve gastrectomy is created, the small intestine is divided and a connection is made near the bottom of the stomach, and near the end of the small intestine.

Intragastric Balloon

The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure where two saline-filled balloons are placed temporarily in the stomach.

Non-surgical Options

Across campus, the MUSC Weight Management Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and research programs, for those individuals who decide that bariatric surgery is not for them.

More information on the Weight Management Center

Adolescent Surgery

For families struggling to know if weight loss surgery is the right choice for your teen, we are here to help. We have been performing surgery on teens since the late 1990s, and our team of specialists has been working with adolescent surgery patients for years.

Our team understands the struggle with excess weight and the associated health conditions like diabetes and sleep problems and the psychological and social effects that might prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest. We know that the surgery itself is just part of your long term weight management plan, and we work with you balance out your support team with programs and services that complement surgery.

Learn more about our bariatric surgery program for teens.

Our Interdisciplinary Team

MUSC believes in the team approach to your weight loss and maintenance journey. Our strong interdisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery. This team delivers surgical, medical, nutritional, and psychological care, and looks at lifestyle changes following surgery. 

Learn more about the bariatric surgery program team:

Getting Started

The first step on your journey to bariatric surgery is to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you.  If it is, then there are steps that you need to complete on your journey. If bariatric surgery is not right for you, but you still are determined to lose weight, you can explore some of MUSC's non-surgical weight loss options offered by the Weight Management Center.

If you're ready to start the journey, watch our New Patient Welcome Video about the pathway and steps to Weight Loss Surgery.

For more information about bariatric surgery, please review the whiteboard videos from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). 

Bariatric Surgery Patient Resources


Awards & Distinctions

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)

MUSC’s program is recognized as a nationally accredited Comprehensive Program with Adolescent Program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical  center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.  

Proud to be a Blue Distinction Center

BCBS Distinction logo

MUSC Health's bariatric surgery program has been recognized for its expertise in delivering specialty care.

Blue Cross Blue Shield companies understand patients deserve peace of mind when making important healthcare decisions with your doctor. That's why they developed the Blue Distinction Centers recognition program to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.

They turned to the medical community for input on how to measure facility performance. Evaluation criteria are based on what impacts you and your care the most, including: The expertise of the medical team; The number of times the facility has performed the procedure; The facility's track record for procedure results.


Our Locations

Ashley River Tower
25 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC


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