Our Program

Begin your journey of transformation today.
Put your TRUST in the Surgical Weight Management Program at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

About the Surgical Weight Management Program

Since the development of the Surgical Weight Management Program, numerous lives have been transformed. This program offers comprehensive care for the “morbidly obese” patient before and after weight loss surgery. Under the leadership of medical director, Montgomery Cox, MD, and board-certified bariatric surgeons, Dr. Jon Hata and and Dr. Baker Henson from the Wake Forest Baptist Health Surgical Services – Hickory, the staff consists of a team of professionals who are experts in their respective field. The team works together to provide patients with the best medical services in an environment of compassionate intervention and goal-oriented care. This excellence in patient care is provided from consultation through treatment.

Changing Lives through Compassionate Care, Guidance, and Education

Don’t Battle Your Weight Problem Alone. Our weight loss surgery team partners with you to achieve sustained weight loss, improve serious medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and to enhance your quality of life. We use the latest surgical technique and equipment to ensure safe and successful weight-loss surgery. We also provide the comprehensive support and education you need before, during and after surgery to ensure your success in reaching your health and lifestyle goals. Live the Life of Your Dreams.

Taking the First Step and Attending a FREE Information Seminar

If you are not sure bariatric surgery is right for you, attend a free information seminar to learn more about the Catawba Valley Medical Center Surgical Weight Management Program. During this two-hour presentation, you will have a chance to meet members of the bariatric program team as they walk you through the details of the weight loss surgery and the lifestyle changes necessary for success. The surgeon will present information on bariatric procedures including the Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy. You will learn more about the dietary and lifestyle changes required both before and after surgery. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear honest answers from the experts. To view the schedule of our upcoming seminars and to register click here or call 828.326.2082 and speak to the nurse navigator.

Seminar Dates & Locations:

AHEC 105 (CVMC Campus) at 3pm
January 11th
February 8th
March 8th
April 12th
May 10th
June 14th
July 12th
August 9th
September 13th
October 11th
November 8th
December 13th
AHEC 112 (CVMC Campus) at 6pm
January 23rd
February 27th
March 27th
April 24th
May 22nd
June 26th
July 24th
August 28th
September 25th
October 23rd
November 27th
Supporting You along the Journey

Losing weight takes a strong commitment on your part, and undergoing bariatric surgery as a significant part of a weight-loss program, is a major undertaking. While it’s something you can do alone, there is absolutely no reason you have to. We’ve found that to be truly successful both in the short- and long-term, it’s best to have plenty of support along the way– not just from your family and friends.

Throughout the weight loss process, many patients wish they had someone to share similar experiences, someone they can connect with when struggling with diet, exercise, head hunger and other lifestyle change issues after surgery, especially in the first several weeks to months. Friends and family are able to lend support, but sometimes it takes the wisdom of another who has the same trials and shares the same goals to help find the answers you seek. Our closed Facebook support group does exactly that!

The Surgical Weight Management Program at Catawba Valley Medical Center has developed this patient focus online support group for the convenience and support of our patients.

  • Surgical Weight Management Testimonials

    • Sheri Cornett, Newland

      “I’m a food addict, and my addiction was killing me. I knew I had to do something about it, but

    • Andra Williams, Statesville, NC

      “I decided to get the surgery because I had a weight problem for most of my life and I had

    • Kristeen Winebarger

      “I had been clinically obese for 12 years. I was diagnosed with multiple health issues like high cholesterol, diabetes, borderline

    • Chesley Greer, Morganton

      “I have struggled with my weight my whole life. Due to my weight, I developed problems with my feet and ankles

    • Jessica Goodman, Salisbury

        “The Surgical Weight Management Program at Catawba Valley Medical Center changed my life for the better. Because of my weight,

This Program offers you the opportunity to participate in monthly support group meetings before and after surgery to help contribute to your successful outcome. Support group provides a friendly forum for people who are considering surgery or have already had weight loss surgery. Friends and family are welcome, too. You will hear about successes, frustrations, plateaus, and special moments, and have a chance to share your own experiences. Various speakers, including our registered dietitian, exercise specialists, psychologists, and physicians will share their knowledge and experiences on a variety of topics of interest to bariatric support group participants. Successful patients attend support group regularly.

Support groups are held the first Monday of each month in AHEC 112 on CVMC Campus at 6pm. 

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