Win the Battle!

Piedmont Augusta's Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Center offers surgical solutions that help patients feel full sooner and with less food.

Obesity can be a lifelong problem for many people starting at a young age and following them into adulthood and beyond. Many people diet and lose weight successfully, but those short-term successes often are overshadowed by creeping weight gain. The obesity cycle leads to the slow weight gain over one’s lifetime accompanied by the medical problems associated with obesity. 

Almost all patients who suffer from obesity have tried a number of weight loss regimens and even diet pills. The problem with conservative methods of weight loss such as these is that the gains are not usually enough to improve associated medical problems such as hypertension and diabetes, and the weight is rapidly regained once the diet or diet pill is stopped. Weight loss surgery has proven to be the only long-term effective treatment for obesity and rapidly is replacing more conservative and unsuccessful methods.

Reaching the Goal

Long-term sustained weight loss is accomplished by pairing each operation with lifestyle changes. Changing one’s eating habits and behaviors will ensure success in reaching your weight-loss goal and achieving optimal health.

About the Program

At Piedmont Augusta Hospital Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Center we believe in a multi-disciplinary approach to weight loss that involves a number of healthcare providers. Our bariatric surgeons are trained in advanced laparoscopy and have a wide range of experience with many common weight loss operations. Included in our program are bariatric nurses, a full-time dietitian specializing in the preoperative and postoperative nutrition needs of bariatric patients, as well as local exercise therapists and psychologists.

All together these healthcare providers comprise a cohesive and comprehensive team dedicated to the well-being and success of each patient in our program.

Our program involves one-on-one meetings with the program coordinator, dietitian, psychologist and the surgeon to develop a relationship that enables each patient to succeed. Support groups and information sessions are offered monthly and are encouraged for both preoperative and postoperative patients. Insurance verification, preoperative testing and surgery scheduling can take several months. Many insurance plans require a period of supervised weight loss, which can be done in our program or with a primary care physician. After surgery, patients can expect to spend two or three nights at Piedmont Augusta Hospital and are discharged when they can tolerate liquids well enough to stay hydrated. Postoperative patients are seen in the clinic at two weeks, one month and then every three months until they achieve their weight loss goal. Blood work to monitor vitamin levels for deficiencies are done at six-month intervals. Once patients reach their weight loss goal, they are seen yearly to monitor their health. 

Learn more

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Learn more at Piedmont Augusta's Weight Loss and You community education class.


Bariatric Surgery Medical Director

Chris Carlson, M.D.

Chris Carlson, M.D.
Fellow, American College
of Surgeons
Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons


Bariatric Surgeon

James Sherman, M.D.

James Sherman, M.D.
Fellow, American College of Surgeons



Weight Management
and Bariatric Surgery Centers

Piedmont Augusta  

Professional Office Building 2
818 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 205
Phone: 706.774.8933

Our program is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

In order to be accredited, our program was rigorously reviewed to prove that we can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. This accreditation also validates our commitment to provide safe, high-quality care for our bariatric surgical patients.