Bariatric Surgery at the Surgical Weight Loss Center

Welcome to the DeKalb Medical Surgical Weight Loss Center. By visiting, you've taken the first step in your journey to successful weight loss. While you're here, find out about our bariatric surgeons and other useful information to help you make one of the most important decisions of your life.

An Atlanta Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Our Surgical Weight Loss Center, with fellowship trained and board certified bariatric surgeons, offers surgery and lifestyle modification for individuals 100 or more pounds overweight. Our Surgical Weight Loss Center bariatric surgeons specialize in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedures. The Surgical Weight Loss Center, located on DeKalb Medical’s North Decatur campus, offers free group consultations and specially designed furniture and medical equipment.

Surgical Weight Loss RESOURCES

3-Day Food Diary

Pre-Surgery Video

Step-By-Step Process

Costs of Bariatric Surgery

After-Surgery Support

Post-Op Nutrition Requirements

types of surgical weight loss

Lap Band Surgery

Restrictive operations, like laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, are used only to restrict and decrease the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of your stomach. They do not interfere with your normal digestive process.

Gastric Bypass

The lap Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operation is one of the most common gastric bypass surgeries. Lap Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is both a restrictive and a malabsorptive procedure. It alters digestion by limiting the amount and types of foods that you can eat.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy weight loss procedure limits the amount of food you can eat at any given time and helps you feel full sooner. The majority of weight loss sleeve gastrectomies performed today use a laparoscopic technique, which is considered minimally invasive.

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Featured Surgical Weight Loss Patient Story

Dreama Cartwright
My family is kind of heavy, but I was always the smallest one in the family. I started putting on weight in the middle of my junior year of high school. My mom was in the Air Force so we moved a lot, and that year we moved to a different state and I started attending a much bigger high school. I became depressed after the move and started eating to cope with my anxiety which caused me to gain 30 pounds in one year. Due in part to the extra weight, I also started having menstrual problems and had to go on a double dose of birth control pills which caused me to gain an additional 70 pounds.

I tried lots of different diets and after achieving no success, I finally decided to look into weight loss surgery. Although I was 5’2” and weighed over 200 pounds at the time, I did not meet the weight requirement set forth by my insurance company for surgery, but I had an old ankle injury from cheerleading and high blood pressure, and that made me eligible.

We moved yet again and I asked my new doctor who I should go see, and Dr. Steinberg’s name just flew out of her mouth. As I went through the process of being cleared for the procedure, I also did not initially pass the psychological evaluation, but attending support groups really helped me deal with the emotional issues that caused me to overeat and I was finally cleared.

Dr. Steinberg laid out options for me but made no decisions for me. I decided on gastric bypass because it seemed like a more permanent solution and the better choice for my personal lifestyle and disciplinary needs. The surgery went well and there were no complications. I was excited going in and had my younger sister with me, who was also considering having weight loss surgery (and eventually did). My mom came and they both took care of me for a few days, and I went back to school the next week.

Since the surgery, I follow the dietary guidelines very carefully. I am able to eat most foods in moderation, but I definitely avoid greasy foods and soda. I go swimming at the gym two to three days a week and get out and about as much as possible. I have regular follow-up appointments with my doctor and attend support groups whenever possible.

Before surgery, I did not have the confidence to go out and live my life. I was also contemplating having a breast reduction. Now, just under a year later, I weigh 125 pounds and feel fantastic. My high blood pressure is gone; I can actually find affordable clothing that fits me and I no longer need a breast reduction. If I had to do it over again, I would in a heartbeat. Having weight loss surgery has been a great decision for me, both mentally and physically…and that’s something to cheer about!
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