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Weight Loss Surgery – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Led by Dr. Adolfo "Fuzz" Fernandez, our expert bariatric surgeons have performed over 1,400 weight loss surgery procedures since 2003. Among other quality awards, we are an accredited comprehensive center for bariatric surgery as designated by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

If you're ready to lose weight, weight loss surgery may be the solution for you. Team up with our Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC-based bariatric surgeons and weight management specialists at one of the nation’s preeminent medical centers.

Our bariatric surgeons perform all three surgical options available today: 

Is Weight Loss Surgery right for me?

Weight loss surgery is only successful if the patient makes a lifelong commitment. That is why you should make the decision after careful consideration of the risks and benefits and fully understand the lifestyle changes required after surgery. Weight Loss Surgery is only one tool. It is most effective if patients follow recommended nutrition and fitness guidelines. 

You can learn more about our surgical weight loss options at one of our free weekly seminars. We highly recommend that anyone interested in our program attend one of our seminars before making an appointment. 

Pre-registration is highly recommended. Sign up online or by calling 336-716-6099. 

Am I morbidly obese?

Answering that question may help you decide whether to pursue weight loss surgery. You are likely morbidly obese if you are:

  • More than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight; or
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40; or
  • Have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes 

Use our BMI Calculator

Surgical Weight Loss: What to Expect Before Your Procedure

We encourage all patients to attend one of our free weekly seminars to learn about all of our surgical weight loss options. Whether or not you attend, one of our bariatric surgeons will help you decide which surgery is best for you and your needs.

We perform an in-depth nutrition, fitness and psychological evaluation of every patient in our clinic. This introduction allows us to get to know you as an individual and better understand your weight issues and medical background. It also helps us design a personalized treatment plan for your weight loss surgery and recovery. 

Some patients may need to make dietary changes to lose weight before their procedure. After surgery, all patients will be required to exercise and follow a new eating plan. Learn more about Life After Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery Means Faster Recovery

In most cases, our patients undergo laparoscopic - or minimally-invasive - procedures, not open surgery. This technique allows bariatric surgeons to work with tiny instruments and cameras inserted through small abdominal incisions. 

Benefits include: 

  • Less pain after surgery
  • Easier breathing and lung function and higher oxygen levels after surgery
  • Fewer wound complications, such as infection or hernia
  • Faster recovery and return to pre-surgery activity levels 

Some patients may not be candidates for laparoscopic surgery, either due to body restrictions or for health reasons. Our bariatric surgeons are highly experienced in open surgery as well.


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Weight Management Center


Mon - Fri, 8:30 to 4:30

Our Locations: 

Medical Plaza - Country Club
4614 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Medical Plaza - North Elm
3903 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27455

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Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Wake Forest Baptist's Medical Weight Management Center is accredited with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

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