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.

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 Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Loop DS and Lap 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.

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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.

Loop DS

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Single Anastamosis LoopDuodenal Bypass (or Loop DS) is very similar to the duodenal switch (this refers to where most of the stretchable stomach is permanently removed and significantly shrinks the stomach capacity, but the basic stomach structure remains the same so calorie absorption decreases).

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Featured Surgical Weight Loss Patient Story


I have always been heavy, and as a little girl I was the ‘chubby’ one. About four years ago, I became alarmed at my weight and was unable to lose any significant amount of it. I was afraid for myself. I could not really exercise and was at the end of my rope in terms of dieting. I was suffering quietly and ashamed of what I saw in the mirror. I knew if I continued as I was, I was going to die. I needed help.

I went (twice!) to the seminar offered by DeKalb Medical Physicians Group for information about bariatric surgery.  I started to go to the support groups to really see and hear how people were managing after the surgery. I was encouraged by what I heard and after many months, I decided to proceed with Dr. Qammar Rashid and had a gastric bypass.

Dr. Rashid is an amazing person, as well as a skilled and caring surgeon. I felt her investment in me right away and this has never waned. She and her entire staff were supportive of me at every step of the process and continue to be over three years later. I know if ever have any difficulty, they are just a phone call away. And I do call.

“When someone is ready to commit to making healthy choices and you pair that with the tool of surgery, the results are life-changing,” said DeKalb Medical dietitian Brittany Jones. For RainbowMoon, the dramatic weight loss has allowed her to get her life back...

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