Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get an appointment?

Please follow these 2 steps.

  1. Visit our website South MS Surgical Weight Loss Center @ and view our FREE online seminar, which is available 24/7.
  2. Complete the Admissions Packet that will be emailed to you after you finish the webinar.

Once you have completed BOTH of these steps please allow approximately 2 weeks for us to process your paperwork and then we will be in touch with the next steps.

I turned in a patient packet. How long before I can get an appointment?

Approximately 3 weeks. We will contact you within 2 weeks of receiving your paperwork to schedule an appointment and provide you with more program details.

How long does it take to get to surgery?

The length of the program is dictated by your specific insurance requirement and all insurances are different. There is usually a minimum requirement of 3 months of monthly visits. Some plans require 6 months. The time starts at your first consultation with the surgeon (Bariatric Assessment visit).

You will be called and notified of your specific program requirements and program length before your first consultation.

If you are self-paying, you can typically have surgery within 6 weeks from initial consultation as long as you complete all program requirements.

How much does surgery cost?

Costs of the procedure will vary depending on the surgery facility, the type of procedure, and how long you are required to stay in the hospital.

Prior to scheduling your initial appointment, our staff will go over procedure coverage with you and estimated out of pocket expenses.

Does my insurance cover surgery?

Generally speaking, if you have bariatric benefits as part of your policy, a weight loss surgery procedure will be covered by insurance. Our team will verify your insurance benefits prior to your initial consultation with a surgeon. (They must view webinar and complete paperwork FIRST!)

We encourage you to check your own benefits as well by calling your insurance provider and asking if you have bariatric surgery coverage. You can also check with your employer for specific information about your policy.

Does MS Medicaid or Ambetter cover the surgery?

NO, not at this time.

The following do NOT have bariatric surgery benefits at this time:

MS Medicaid

  • UHC Can
  • Molina Can
  • Magnolia Can

How long do I stay in the hospital after surgery?

What is the recovery time and how long will I be off work?

Everyone is different and you will discuss this with your surgeon before the procedure.


  • Gastric Bypass: 2 night hospital stay. 1-3 weeks recovery time
  • Gastric Sleeve: 1 night hospital stay. 1-2 weeks recovery time
  • We typically advise to plan to be out of work x 2 weeks for both procedures

What type of weight loss surgeries do you offer and what is the most common?

At SMSWLC we offer the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass (Roux en Y). Both procedures are done laparoscopically.

We also offer lap band removal and revision procedures from bandàsleeve or sleeveàbypass.

The procedure most commonly performed is the sleeve (Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy).

Can you explain your procedures?

Our procedures are explained on our free online seminar, which is required to watch before starting the program. You will also learn more about each procedure and which one is right for you at your initial consultation with the surgeon.

I’m a patient currently in the program and have a telemedicine appointment for weight management. I did not receive an email with link.

Our telemedicine link is now available on our website . Located in the Patient Portal.

If you have problems accessing this link, please call our office 228-872-7277

I’m a patient currently in the program and have a ZOOM PET/Nutrition class and have not received the link.

Links are emailed within 24 hours prior to your Zoom class. I will notify the appropriate team member to ensure it is sent. (We must have the correct email in EPIC.)

Do you have a self-pay option available?


Our self-pay packages include one year of follow-up care with your surgeon, six months of hospital readmission protection, all costs associated with the surgery, pre-surgical office visits, facility fees, surgeon fee, anesthesia fee, overnight stay in a qualifying facility (if needed), meetings with nutritionist, and support group meetings.

Patients are also protected against the possible costs related to complications that could arise for up to 180 days following surgery.

Patients must be medically cleared by their surgeon and medical team as well as anesthesia prior to surgery.

Cost of pre-op testing and psychological evaluations are not included in the cash pay package price.

Self-Pay Prices

  • Low BMI Sleeve – $9,999 (BMI 30-34.9)
  • Sleeve – $13,000 (BMI 35-75)
  • Roux en Y Gastric Bypass – $26,000 (BMI 35-75)
  • Band removal/Low BMI Sleeve – Approximately $11,500 (BMI 30-34.9)
  • Band removal/sleeve – Approximately $13,500 (BMI 35-75)

Why do I need psychological testing?

Some insurance companies require psychological testing; moreover, it is also a standard of care set by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. We want to ensure that patients will be able to adjust to the lifestyle changes necessary after weight loss surgery. If test results show that a patient is not likely to be a good candidate for weight loss surgery, we would not proceed with treatment. Weight loss surgery should not be performed on patients who have a higher risk of jeopardizing their health or success after surgery by not following exercise and diet guidelines. Please contact our weight loss practice in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, for further information, or visit our Life after Surgery page to learn about post-bariatric nutrition and exercise.

How long does the procedure take?

The gastric sleeve surgery takes about one hour and gastric bypass surgery is usually performed in one and a half to two hours.

How do I get my pre-operative testing set up?

Your Nurse or MA will either give you a list of tests or set those tests up for you.

Must I attend a support group if I live out of town?

No, but it would be to your advantage to find one near you or contact our support group leader for an online group. Studies show patients who attend support groups lose 33% more weight than patients who do not attend. We strongly recommend it!

Who do I contact if I get sick while in medical workup?

Contact your physician as you normally would.

Why do I have to lose weight prior to surgery?

The first few pounds come right off the liver, which enables the surgeon to manipulate the surgical instruments more easily and quickly, which in turn keeps the patient under anesthesia for a shorter amount of time.

If I already have an Adjustable Gastric Band, will South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center make adjustments?

Yes, South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center will allow patients to join the South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center bariatric program. The program is subject to a $300 NON REFUNDABLE program fee.

This fee includes:

  • Initial Consult with the Surgeon.
  • Nutrition 101 class

This fee must be paid in full at the time the patient comes in for the Initial Consult with the Surgeon.

All subsequent adjustments are NOT billed to insurance and are subject to a $250 cash pay price for 12 months after the date the patient signs the Foreign Procedure contract at the Initial Consult with the Surgeon.

How long will it take to recover from bariatric surgery?

From Gastric Bypass it takes 1 to 3 weeks, Gastric Sleeve takes 1 to 2 weeks.

Contact our weight loss practice in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

We look forward to meeting you after you complete your registration! See our contact us page if you have any other questions after completing your webinar or info session. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.


We are happy to offer telemedicine services for select patients if deemed appropriate.

Instructions to Access Visit:

  1. Click the link below to check into the virtual waiting room.
  2. Sign in by typing your FIRST AND LAST NAME, then click Check in.
  3. Click Enable Camera/Allow if prompted
  4. You will then be placed into the virtual waiting room and will be connected to your provider as soon as possible

*Please log in 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

* If you are in our weight loss program, please know your most recent weight.

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Success Stories

“I had my laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery in 2019. Since then I’ve lost a total of 95 pounds, and I’ve gone from wearing a 2XL uniform to a small!”

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Tasha S.
“I had my laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery in 2019. Since then I’ve lost a total of 95 pounds, and I’ve gone from wearing a 2XL uniform to a small!”
“I’m so happy I did this for myself and for my overall health.”

Read more about “Jump-Start Your Health – Jump-Start Low BMI Program”

Salena K.
“I’m so happy I did this for myself and for my overall health.”
“It’s given me a chance to truly live. I’ve always believed in myself, but after having the surgery I found confidence that I didn’t realize I had.”

Read more about “Newfound Confidence: Outdoor enthusiast regains courage to pursue his passions.”

Kevin L.
“It’s given me a chance to truly live. I’ve always believed in myself, but after having the surgery I found confidence that I didn’t realize I had.”
‘Weight loss surgery is not the easy way.’

It takes a lifelong commitment and dedication to healthy nutritional diet and exercise regimen in addition to surgery in order to maintain the weight loss.

Aubrey B.
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Contact Information

South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center
1124 Oakleigh Road
Ocean Springs MS 39564

Phone : 228.872.7277
Fax : 228.818.3978

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