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Am I a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

The FirstHealth Bariatric Center follows the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines when considering a patient for bariatric surgery. You are a possible candidate for weight loss surgery if:

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or higher (morbid obesity)


Your BMI is between 35-40 and you have obesity co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure or diabetes


Are age 18 or older and have a history of failure to control weight through other methods such as diet and exercise

BMI is a measurement of a person's body mass index, based on height and weight. Calculate your BMI with our easy to use online calculator.

What to Expect

Considering Weight-loss Surgery?

Attend a free, mandatory Information Session to:

  • Learn about the benefits of having bariatric surgery
  • Meet the physician and patient navigator
  • Learn more about surgery options
  • Ask questions
  • Hear success stories from bariatric surgery patients
  • Receive an application packet for weight-loss surgery

When: The first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Where: At the Clara McLean House, 20 FirstVillage Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Questions: For more information call (800) 213-3284.


Download Required Forms

These are required forms for weight-loss surgery. You will receive a folder with the same forms the night of the information session.

To help expedite the pre op scheduling process, you may complete the forms in section one prior to the information session and turn them in that night. Please bring a copy of the front and back of your insurance card to turn in with the forms.

FirstHealth Bariatric Center does not accept Medicaid or Medicare (with the exception of FirstMedicare Direct, a Medicare Advantage plan offered by FirstCarolinaCare).

We accept all other private insurances. Coverage is based on the individual policy.


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