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What are the Benefits

Bariatric surgery offers a number of benefits including:

  • Significant long-term weight loss
  • Effective control of diabetes in most patients with Type 2 diabetes
  • Effective control, in many cases, of high blood pressure
  • Control of sleep apnea
  • Improved symptoms of arthritis related to excess weight
  • Greatly improved physical appearance
  • Improved self esteem and employment opportunities

Free Weight-loss Surgery Information Sessions are held on the first Thursday and the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Shadowlawn Room at Clara McLean House, 20 FirstVillage Drive, FirstVillage Campus, Pinehurst.

The sessions are designed to introduce prospective patients to the FirstHealth Bariatric Center at Moore Regional Hospital and to provide information about the weight-loss surgery options we offer. Prospective patients must attend a free information session in order to schedule a consultation with Dr. Washington or Dr. Grantham. Family members and/or other support persons are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

Please wear shoes that can be taken on and off easily and arrive 20 to 30 minutes early so we can calculate your body mass index. For more information or directions, call (800) 213-3284 or visit us at

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