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Weight Loss Bariatric Surgery

It’s time to reclaim your health.

Weight Loss Bariatric Surgery

It’s time to reclaim your health.

Weight Loss Bariatric Surgery Main Content

Bariatric surgery is the most effective long-term weight loss solution available today. Let the experienced team at Baptist Health help you achieve your long-term success.

Why Choose Baptist for Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Selecting the right bariatric center with the right surgical team is important to ensure your best results, and that's just what you'll find that at the Baptist Center for Bariatric and Reflux Surgery. We're a nationally accredited center of excellence, and we're here with you every step of the way.

  1. Minimally invasive approach
  2. MBSAQIP Accredited by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  3. Blue Center of Distinction in Bariatric Surgery by Florida Blue
  4. 2 bariatric surgeons with more than 30 years of combined experience
  5. A full team to guide you through the process and support you
  6. Dedicated bariatric surgery floor at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
  7. No program fee
  8. Support groups

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Bariatric Center of Excellence

Since 2014, Baptist Health has been accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for providing the highest level of care with outcomes that meet or exceed national standards.

To become accredited, a facility undergoes a rigorous process of evaluations to ensure their level of quality across safety, training, followup, and surgical volume standards. This commitment to patient safety, surgical excellence and continuous improvement means better results for our patients.

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Others have done this, and so can you!

They've been in your same position, with several failed attempts at weight loss and contemplating bariatric surgery. See how weight loss surgery changed 3 patients' lifestyle and helped them keep the weight off.

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Setting You Up for Success

Support Every Step of the Way
An entire team is here to help you through this with care and resources. From our medical team, nutritionists and behavioral health professionals to insurance coordinators and support groups, we've got all the people and tools in place to help you achieve success.

Meet the Team

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Take the First Step

Am I a good candidate for weight loss surgery?
See if you qualify and find out the next steps you should take.

Qualifying for Bariatric Surgery

VIDEO: About our Bariatric Program

Hear from the experts to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Physicians providing care at our hospitals are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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Inside our Bariatrics Program


    WE ARE LIVE: With bariatric surgeons Craig Morgenthal, MD, and Steven Hodgett, MD, and Katie Cox, a bariatric surgery patient, discussing why people choose to have bariatric surgery, the qualifications to receive bariatric surgery, the different types of bariatric surgery, pre-and post-surgery recommendations, and resources to start your journey.

  • Valerie Sawyer poses with her family, including grandchildren, outside the front door of her home.

    Dozens of pounds down

    'Nana' is nation's first to receive new robotic weight-loss surgery.

    Sawyer was the very first patient in the United States to undergo a procedure using new robotic technology. Dr. Hodgett and the bariatric surgical team were assisted by the Maestro Surgical Robotics System, a new robot that provides surgeons with an extra set of “hands” to help hold instruments and move tools with precision.


    Lane’s dreams were on hold – travel, exercise and hobbies were impossible due to her excess weight. Years of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes failed to provide the weight loss she needed to reclaim her health. Bariatric surgery was her life-changing solution.

  • #TransformationTuesday

    After gastric sleeve surgery, Jason Smith has lost 130 pounds! Jason shared: "I would recommend this surgery to anyone who is on the fence. I sat on the fence for three years and I wish I could get that time back. I feel so much better that words cannot even describe the difference from even 60 pounds ago. This is the best decision I have ever made next to becoming a father.

  • #TransformationTuesday

    Congratulations to Al Ciolkosz who has lost over 80 pounds in just 10 months! Al had life-changing gastric sleeve surgery and could not be happier with the results. Al shared: "Dr. Morgenthal and the Baptist Bariatrics team have been incredible. They have a complete plan mapped out for success on my weight loss journey; from pre-op preparation to aftercare, they have it covered.


    Gasping for air while going for a walk is a thing of the past for Skip Dierking. Instead, the 70-year-old is feeling spry and fit as the 3,000th patient to have bariatric surgery at Baptist Health since the program started in 2008.

  • TUNE IN:

    When it comes to weight loss, the options can be endless. And when you've tried everything but can't seem to make progress, weight loss surgery might be your best option - but where do you start? Dr. Craig Morgenthal, Medical Director of Baptist Center for Bariatrics, explains how.


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