Lose weight, improve your health and transform your life.

For people suffering from morbid obesity and the life-threatening health issues that often come with it, losing weight can be a matter of life and death. It may seem like there is no solution in sight — no “magic” pill, no diet plan or exercise regimen that works and lasts. ECU Health’s Bariatric Services offer effective, proven and tested weight-loss solutions for obese patients.

While obesity is a treatable disease, it can cause or contribute to numerous other health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some types of cancer.

The bariatric experts at ECU Health provide both non-surgical and surgical options to help you get healthier.

Why ECU Health Bariatrics?

At ECU Health Medical Center, BMI reduction two years after bariatric surgery is significantly greater than the national average. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, heartburn and other chronic conditions show improvement as well.

Our program has met or exceeded the standards required by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program.

Often, patients have other health conditions caused by obesity and may be under the care of a specialist. We’ll collaborate with your care team to ensure everyone is on the same page and working toward the same goal – a healthier you.

If surgery is your best option, you’re in good hands. Our surgeons are pioneers in bariatric surgery. And your experience with us includes a personalized, comprehensive program that extends beyond surgery to help achieve the best results possible.


Building on the foundational work of Walter Pories, M.D., ECU Health and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University offer a program that has achieved national accreditation, awards for clinical excellence and global recognition.

  • National Accreditation as a Comprehensive Center by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Quality Improvement Program
  • National Recognition with a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses