MUSC Bariatric Surgery Team

MUSC Health Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

The MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program, which includes an experienced interdisciplinary team of bariatric surgeons, coordinators, and clinicians is dedicated to supporting you on your weight loss and maintenance journey.

New Patient Welcome Video - Online Information Session

Download our Patient Guide (PDF) to learn more about surgical weight loss.

Complete our Patient Forms to begin your evaluation process.

After viewing our New Patient Welcome Video (Online Information Session), review our Patient Guide and complete and return our Patient Forms/Packet to begin the new patient evaluation process. You will be contacted to schedule an initial consultation with our team.  

Our Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Procedures

MUSC Health's Weight Loss Surgery Program performs three primary weight loss operations for the treatment of obesity. The program currently offers the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch. Below is an brief overview of each of these procedures.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch which is reconnected to the small intestine creating restriction and less absorption.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure, similar to a partial gastrectomy, removing part of the stomach and leaving a long thin tube-shaped (sleeve) stomach.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

After a sleeve gastrectomy is created, the small intestine is divided and a connection is made near the bottom of the stomach, and near the end of the small intestine. 

Non-Surgical Options : Weight Management Center

Across campus, the MUSC Weight Management Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and research programs, for those individuals who decide that bariatric surgery is not for them.

Adolescent Surgery

For families struggling to know if weight loss surgery is the right choice for your teen, we are here to help. We have been performing surgery on teens since the late 1990s, and our team of specialists has been working with adolescent surgery patients for years.

Our team understands the struggle with excess weight and the associated health conditions like diabetes and sleep problems and the psychological and social effects that might prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest. We know that the surgery itself is just part of your long term weight management plan, and we work with you balance out your support team with programs and services that complement surgery. Learn more.

Our Interdisciplinary Team

MUSC believes in the team approach to your weight loss and maintenance journey. Our strong interdisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery. This team delivers surgical, medical, nutritional, and psychological care, and looks at lifestyle changes following surgery. Meet the team.

Getting Started

The first step on your journey to bariatric surgery is to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you.  If it is, then there are steps that you need to complete on your journey. If bariatric surgery is not right for you, but you still are determined to lose weight, you can explore some of MUSC's non-surgical weight loss options offered by the Weight Management Center.

For more information about bariatric surgery, please review the whiteboard videos from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  

Awards & Distinctions

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)

MUSC’s program is recognized as a nationally accredited Comprehensive Program with Adolescent Program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.