Welcome to the Center for Obesity and Metabolism at Augusta University, where we offer bariatric and metabolic surgery to help you
meet your weight loss goals.
Why Choose Us
Obesity is a complicated disease that can affect your health in many ways. We know
how hard it is to take the first step, that's why, from your very first consultation
with us, you become part of our family. We are with you before, during and after
surgery to give you the support you need and the chance to lead a healthier, happier
life. The benefits of weight loss are immeasurable, our program has helped our patients,
drop excess weight
reverse their diabetes
lower their blood pressure, reducing their risk of heart disease and stroke
say goodbye to sleep apnea and CPAP machines
reduce their likelihood of getting certain cancers
reduce or eliminate their joint pain
get rid of, or reduce the incidence of, heartburn
even stop smoking!
We are certified by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as an Accredited Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications. This means we can perform bariatric surgery on patients
ages 13 and above. We are the only center in Augusta (and the only center within 100
miles of Augusta) with that privilege.
Augusta University Center for Obesity and Metabolism
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. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP
Your insurance could cover your surgery!
AU Health's bariatric surgery program is now a designated weight loss surgery center:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center
Optum Center of Excellence/BRS
Our highly trained team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, physicians, and other
specialists, work together to address every aspect of obesity and its associated illnesses
with coordinated and comprehensive care, tailored to you.
And, because we are the largest and most diverse team in the region, we can quickly
and easily arrange referrals to any other health specialists in our center that you
You don’t have to fight obesity alone, our team is here for you.
Weight loss surgery has come a long way. Today, most surgeries are laparoscopic,
also referred to as minimally invasive, performed through small incisions leading
to less complications, faster healing and less pain.
Studies have shown weight loss surgery to be a safe and effective way to lose weight,
keep it off, improve/reverse weight-related diseases and reap psychological, social
and economic benefits.
Dr. Hilton is the State Access to Care Representative for the state of Georgia. This means she, and our whole team, are actively involved
in advocating for our patients, and those interested in bariatric surgery, to be able
to access appropriate care and treatment. So, if you are looking for a bariatric center
run by truly compassionate surgeons, look no further than AU Health.
Medical Weight Loss
"What if I don't qualify for bariatric surgery?"
Not to worry! We can help you lose weight through other options as well. Augusta University
Health offers nonsurgical weight loss programs for adults and children who are looking
to lose weight but who are not candidates for bariatric surgery.