The Sterling Academy

Are You a Candidate?

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you meet the following criteria:

  • BMI of 40 or greater with or without coexisting medical problems
  • BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related co-morbidities, including type II diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and hyperlipidemia
  • Inability to achieve sustainable weight loss with prior weight loss efforts

You may not be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:

  • Are pregnant or expecting to become pregnant within 12 months of surgery
  • Are not able to and willing to comply with post-operative lifestyle changes, including attending all scheduled follow-up appointments


Sterling Bariatrics is proud to offer five procedures, both minimally-invasive and open surgery. The experts on the Sterling Bariatrics team are here to help you determine which procedure is the right one for you.

Sleeve Gastrectomy


Health and Wellness

Do you struggle with knowing how to lose weight and keep it off?

At Sterling Bariatrics, we give you the tools you need to succeed. Our staff consists of doctors, nutritionists, and other personnel who help you lose weight and keep it off by maintaining constant communication and giving you the information you need to get the most from your procedure.

  • Your weight loss journey is continuous and we are here for you the whole way.
  • Looking good on the outside starts with feeling good on the inside and we help establish good habits.
  • We offer the emotional and mental support that you need to thrive through our great staff and resources.

Diet and Health

Diet and health are two of the most important factors when it comes to weight loss surgery. The team at Sterling Bariatrics is fully equipped with a registered dietician and wellness coach to ensure that dietary and health goals are met pre- and post-surgery.

Psychological Effects


Can I Afford My Weight Loss Surgery?

We know that finances are an important factor in any decision, especially when it comes to medical procedures. There are multiple financial routes the patient can consider when evaluating whether or not to move forward with a bariatric procedure.

  • You can finance through Ameris Bank.
  • The Sterling Center walks you through all options.
  • You can receive a finance rate as low as 5%. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started on my weight loss journey?
The first step in our program is to make an appointment for a free, 30-minute consultation with our team. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Which bariatric procedure is right for me?
This decision is typically made during the initial consultation between you and your physician. At Sterling Center Bariatrics, we want to set you up for success and help you choose the procedure that is best suited to you.

Will I have to go on a diet before I have surgery?
Yes. Most bariatric surgeons put their patients on a special pre-operative diet, usually 2 or 3 weeks just before surgery. The reason for the pre-operative diet is to shrink the liver and reduce fat in the abdomen. This helps during the procedure and makes it safer.

Some insurance companies require a physician-monitored diet three to six months prior to surgery as part of their coverage requirement. These diets are very different from the short term diets, and usually are more about food education and showing a willingness to complete appointments and to learn.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital after my surgery?
While this varies for each person, most patients get to leave the hospital within 1-3 days after their surgery.

How long should I expect to be off from work?
For the majority of our patients, it is safe to return to work two weeks after your surgery. If you have a more physically demanding job, you may be advised by your physician to stay out for up to four weeks.

Will I have to follow a special diet after surgery?
For the first few months after your surgery, there will be a special diet in place to focus on healing your body. You will work your way up from clear liquids to full liquids and then advance from pureed and soft foods to regular foods. Sticking with this diet will allow your body to properly heal, decrease pressure on your stomach, and optimize your weight loss.

Will I regain my weight?
Our comprehensive program was built to help set our patients up for long-term success. If you are not committed fully to the program and do not follow all the steps laid out by the Sterling Bariatrics team, you may experience weight regain. Weight loss surgery is only the first step in your journey to a healthier lifestyle; commitment plays a large role in setting yourself up for success.


Thank you for your interest in Sterling Center Bariatrics! We look forward to helping you start your weight-loss journey. The next step is to schedule your confidential 30-minute session with our Bariatric Intake Coordinator.