For some people, a healthy diet and rigorous exercise isn't enough for dramatic weight loss. The Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery may be the answer to help those at risk for serious weight-related health issues. Combining advanced surgical techniques with comprehensive counseling, we help patients welcome newfound freedom and long-term success.
Duke's program offers treatment recommendations to every patient suffering from morbid obesity and its complications. We focus on each patient as an individual and help that person decide what the best treatment option is—even when it's not surgery. We perform single incision laparoscopic approaches to the majority of bariatric and general laparoscopic surgical procedures. These techniques offer maximal cosmetic benefit while providing the same surgical benefit. We offer a full range of procedures including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch. Our endoscopic practice allows many procedures to be performed without any incisions and include endoscopic reflux surgery (EsophyX®), endoscopic revisional bariatric surgery (Stomaphyx and ROSE), stenting, dilations and traditional endoscopy.
Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery is an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Center of Excellence. The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. We perform over 500 bariatric operations each year with a low incidence of morbidity and mortality. Our patients lose an average of 60 to 80 percent of their excess weight, and almost all see significant improvement—sometimes complete remission of health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and sleep apnea.
Our patients undergo surgery at Durham Regional Hospital, part of the Duke University Health System and just around the corner from our freestanding clinic. Durham Regional has state of the art facilities specifically designed for our morbidly obese patients.
Duke's program brings together surgeons and physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, devoted nursing and anesthesia teams, and a staff that is committed to seeing patients through every step of the process, both before surgery and in the months and years following.