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Bariatric and Weight Care

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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.

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 joint pain
  • reduce or eliminate 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.

Accreditation

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 database.

Augusta University Health is a designated Weight Loss Surgery Center

Augusta University Health's bariatric surgery program is now a designated,

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery
  • Optum Center of Excellence/BRS Bariatric Resource Service

Contact your insurance company to find out your options for weight loss surgery coverage. Let them know we are a designated center.

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 might need.

You don’t have to fight obesity alone, our team is here for you.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey Today!

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, Bariatric surgeon
Bariatric Surgery Chief, Dr. L. Renee Hilton

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.

"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.

Our team of experts offer the latest advancements in surgical weight loss techniques to help patients find a healthier and more active lifestyle through successful weight loss.

Victoria's successful bariatric weight loss journey
Victoria's Weight Loss Journey

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Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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