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Weight Loss Surgery Program

MUSC Health Bariatric Surgery Program

The MUSC Bariatric Surgery program, which includes experienced mental health professionals, dietitians, nurses and physicians, is dedicated to helping patients safely realize weight loss success.

Free Informational Open House at MUSC

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please register to attend our free open house. This event consists of a one-hour seminar held at MUSC at 4 pm on the third Tuesday of January, April, July and October.  You will have an opportunity to meet our bariatric surgeons and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing bariatric surgery at MUSC must first attend this open house. If it's not possible to attend in person, you may watch an online version of the seminar (see below). All attendees are invited to stay for our free Bariatric Surgery Support Group (5:30 - 7 pm) after the open house concludes. 

Our next open house will be:

April 21, 2015 at 4 p.m.
MUSC's Ashley River Tower, first floor auditorium
25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston, SC

Registration is required.
Register online or call 843-792-1414 to register.

Free Online Seminar

If you're unable to attend our open house in person, you may watch the following video about the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery. After viewing the video, please fill out the form below (link is below the video). You will then have the opportunity to print a packet of information to start your evaluation process for bariatric surgery. If you'd prefer, we can print the packet for you and mail it to you.

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


Our Procedures

The Medical University of South Carolina's weight loss surgery program performs two weight loss operations for the treatment of obesity.  We also 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 and the Sleeve Gastrectomy.  Below is an brief overview of each of these procedures. You may also want to visit our frequently asked questions page.

Roux en Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is both restrictive and malabsorptive. The stomach is stapled and divided to create a small pouch that dramatically restricts portion size and gives the feeling of fullness after just a few bites of food.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a long thin tube (sleeve) out of the stomach.

Adolescent Surgery

The Adolescent Bariatric Program at MUSC Health was created to provide high-quality, comprehensive services to deliver the best outcomes for our youngest weight-loss surgery patients.

Non-surgical Options

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.

We offer programs to serve the different needs of different people.  However, all of our work with patients includes a strong emphasis on helping them to make the long-term lifestyle changes that are so important for success in the long run.

More information on our Weight Management Center


Our Team

Most bariatric surgeons and insurance providers recommend and support a team approach to bariatric surgery. MUSC's team approach consists of four components:

  • surgical
  • nutritional
  • psychological
  • medical

This multidisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery. This team delivers 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 twelve 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 our non-surgical weight loss options offered by the MUSC Weight Management Center.

If you're ready to start the journey, sign up for one of our free informational seminars, or watch an online video about the surgery process.


Patient Resources


Awards & Distinctions

Proud to be a Blue Distinction Center

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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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