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Bariatric Center

Take control of your weight and your life. Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, at the Baptist Center for Weight Loss can help you restore your confidence and, even more importantly, your health.

Many of our patients who have had weight loss surgery have regained their confidence, mobility and health. Some formerly obese patients no longer need insulin, blood-pressure medications or CPAP machines.

Take charge of your life today and let the weight loss experts at Baptist help you get started.

There's a great deal to gain through losing.

Excess weight can hold you back and keep you from living the life you want to lead. Obesity can be isolating, limiting your movements and keeping you from participating in everyday activities with family and friends.  We understand that being obese is difficult and we want to treat you with compassion and understanding, making your weight loss process a positive experience with life long results. 

Obesity also takes a toll on your health, often exacerbating life-threatening conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, joint disease, sleep apnea and respiratory conditions.  Too much weight can reduce your life span.

The skilled bariatric specialists at the Baptist Center for Weight Loss in Northeast Baptist Hospital understand what you have to lose and what you will gain by taking control of your life. The center is accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.We offer:

  • High-quality care in bariatric surgery
  • Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery in San Antonio
  • All in one approach – from seminar through surgery – patients have coordinated care in one place
  • Fellowship-trained physicians
  • Nurses with weight loss surgery specialization
  • Private unit with spacious rooms for family to stay
  • Free weight loss seminars

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To find a physician or to schedule an appointment click here. If you prefer to speak with someone, our referral specialists are available 24 hours a day by calling 866-309-2873.
Dr. Terrence Fried, MD

Shocked into action, patient finds success at Baptist.

Dora Serna knew she had a weight problem, but two events shocked her into doing something more about it. The first was seeing herself listed as “morbidly obese” on her medical chart after gall bladder surgery. The second was reading a journal article that said life expectancy for morbidly obese people is reduced by seven to ten years. The one-two punch got her attention.

“I had tried Atkins, Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem – all of them and many others, but nothing worked,” says Dora. (Watch video of Serna’s story.) “At 257 pounds I couldn't do a lot of things.”

Serna decided it was time to take action and visited Dr. Sonny Cavazos at the Baptist Center for Weight Loss where she had bariatric surgery. Serna lost 100 pounds in the eight months after the procedure and now Dora weighs 124 pounds.

She says her biggest "Aha!" moment was when her daughter saw her. "I hadn't seen my daughter since the surgery and when she saw me at a restaurant, she didn't recognize me. My husband had to tell her it was me. I didn't see myself as that different, but everyone else did."

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Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35.  Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures.

Contact us

Baptist Center for Weight Loss 
Northeast Baptist Hospital
8811 Village Dr., Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78217 
855-755-5673 (855-755-LOSE)

Baptist Center for Weight Loss 
Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
3333 Research Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78235
855-755-5673 (855-755-LOSE)

Baptist Center for Weight Loss
North Central Baptist Hospital
520 Madison Oak Dr., Ste 348
San Antonio, Texas 78258
855-755-5673 (855-755-LOSE)