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Bariatric Center

The Bariatric Center at Capital Regional offers multiple bariatric weight loss surgical procedures for morbidly obese patients. Our physicians work with specially trained nurses and support staff to provide a comprehensive approach to bariatric weight loss. Patients can expect friendly and knowledgeable staff providing one-on-one assistance with insurance provider qualification, pre-operative preparation, and post-operative care and support.

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Patients must qualify medically to have bariatric surgery. This means being currently healthy enough for bariatric procedures. While only a physician or surgeon can give you a complete medical evaluation, the criteria listed here should help you get started. In addition, the bariatric surgeon at the Bariatric Center at Capital Regional can provide more details regarding your specific condition during a private consultation.

The National Institute of Health (NIH), American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recommend the following qualification standards:

  • BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight.
  • BMI ≥ 35 and at least two obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
  • Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight loss efforts.

What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The body mass index takes into account height and weight and is not dependent on gender. Although the body mass index does not take into account percentage of body fat, many argue that it is the best measure that doesn't rely strictly on body fat.

The body mass index is calculated by dividing an individual's weight (kg) by the individual's height (meters squared). The formula is: weight (kg)/height squared (m2).

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.


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Congratulations! Your BMI indicates that your weight is in the healthy range. A lifestyle of good food choices and routine exercise will help you with long term weight management.

Your BMI indicates your weight is in the obese range and can have a significant impact on your health. You are at risk for weight related health conditions. If you have been diagnosed with a health condition related to obesity, then weight loss surgery could be right for you. To learn more about the surgical procedures for obesity, please contact us for more information, or sign up for a free seminar schedule and registration.

All information provided by this website is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health care professional. No information provided in this site may be considered medical advice. The information may not be relevant for your individual situation and may be misinterpreted. HCA assumes no responsibility for how you use information obtained from this site. Before making any decisions regarding your health care, ask your personal physician.

Mario Hernandez accomplished a lot after retiring from the Department of Justice, where he served as a Lieutenant in a federal prison. He had a beautiful wife of 33 years, two children and five grandchildren to dote on. He had good self-esteem and was enjoying life. But watching his weight creep higher on the scales and reflecting on a family history of cardiac disease and diabetes that claimed his mother at age 50, Mario gave himself a reality check and decided to make a big change in his life – one that would give him many more years with the family he loves so much.

“I liked to smoke cigars occasionally, wasn’t working out at all, and didn’t watch what I ate,” he said. “Then I started thinking, I’m a lot like my mother and I don’t want to end up in an early grave. I want to be here for my family.” Hernandez said that it wasn’t a lack of information about diet (his daughter-in-law is a registered dietician) or time to work out. He said it was just laziness on his part and a lack of focus. “At 60, I weighed 297 pounds and I’m 5 foot 6. That isn’t good. So I made the decision to go see Dr. Anthony Wright at Capital Regional Surgical Associates to talk about gastric bypass surgery.” After meeting with Dr. Wright and finding that he was a candidate for a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Mario was referred to the Bariatric Center at Capital Regional Medical Center for counseling in preparation for the procedure. “Through the center I received good education about how to take better care of myself,” he said. “I also started an exercise program through the hospital’s Cardiac Wellness Program. Between learning more about nutrition and their supervised exercise program, I lost 20 pounds before I even had the surgery this past April.”

Now, a year after his health improvement journey began at Capital Regional Medical Center, Hernandez has lost nearly 100 pounds and feels great. “The surgery, counseling and exercise program are tools to living a better life, but you also have to work at it,” he said. “I no longer smoke cigars, I still go to the Wellness Center three times a week and I’m eating the way I should. Now when my wife and I go to dinner, we share an entrée rather than ordering two.”

“I’m blessed to have the support of my wife and family and I can’t thank the people at the Bariatric Center and Wellness Program enough,” he said. “Working out with others helps give me incentive to work harder. With the support of family and the professionals at Capital Regional Medical Center, I feel like I’ve accomplished something and see myself as a real success.”

“Instead of worrying about bad health shortening my life, I tell my kids I’m going to live to be 100, or whatever the Good Lord gives me,” he said. “But I’m going to do it in a healthy way.”

To learn more about Capital Regional Surgical Associates, Bariatric Center and the Cardiac Wellness Program, call (850) 325-3627 or visit

Have More Questions?

We are happy to help you start your weight loss journey. If you have more questions there are multiple ways to contact us:

  1. Give our Bariatric Coordinator Jo Anne Costello a call at (850) 325-5073.
  2. Fill out the form below and we will contact you within 24 hours.

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