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Getting Started

Before you begin this journey, it’s important to understand that obesity is a lifelong problem that will not go away overnight. You will always have to work at managing this condition, even after surgery. Our team is here to help and support you every step of the way.

A great first step is to watch our free, online seminar. In this seminar, you’ll get an overview of bariatric surgery from both Dr. Babineau and Dr. Keith, the bariatric surgeons at our clinic. They’ll discuss why someone should consider bariatric, who qualifies and what the options are. After the video, you can fill out a quick questionnaire and our clinic will be in touch with you.


The first step is to find out if you’re a candidate. Typically, to be eligible for bariatric surgery, your body mass index (BMI) needs to be 40 or higher, or 30 or higher if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or sleep apnea. You can calculate your BMI with our BMI calculator or call our office at 903-593-0230 and we’ll calculate it for you.

Payment Options

The next step is to check with your insurance provider about coverage. Different insurance companies have different requirements, so it’s important to know what your plan covers. If your insurance doesn’t provide coverage for bariatric surgery, we also offer private pay.

Before your visit

Before your first visit with us, please watch the following video.


Next, you'll attend an orientation and consultation at our clinic. You will meet with our nurse-coordinator to go over the steps required by your insurance company, such as preoperative weight management class. You'll meet with one of our bariatric surgeons, either Dr. Hugh Babineau or Dr. Charles Keith and discuss which procedure best meets your needs.

Surgery and Recovery

Your surgery can be scheduled once all insurance requirements are completed and approved.

All surgeries except the gastric band require a one to two night stay in the hospital. The majority of patients are discharged after one night.

After surgery, you’ll receive post-operative guidelines to help you through the recovery process. You’ll also receive information about support groups, nutrition and exercise post-surgery.

Now that you’re a little more familiar with the process, click here to schedule a consultation.

Our goal is to help individuals achieve better health through surgical management of obesity. We specialize in Gastric Bypass Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy. We are located in Tyler and treat patients from Longview, Athens, Jacksonville, Palestine, Kilgore, Marshall, Gilmer and many other locations in East Texas.


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UT Health Tyler Bariatric Center

1100 E. Lake St., Suite 150 Tyler, TX 75701 903-593-0230

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