Start Your Journey

NMMC Bariatric Center logo with tape measure artYour interest indicates that you are seeking a permanent solution for weight loss and are ready to make a life-changing decision in order to achieve your goal. At North Mississippi Medical Center, we want to ensure that you make a fully informed decision by considering all the facts.

The NMMC Bariatric Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a Comprehensive Center. The Bariatric Center is designated as a Cigna Center of Excellence and is recognized in the Optum Bariatric Centers of Excellence Network. Because of this, weight loss surgery at NMMC is covered by more health plans, including those for teachers, state employees and many offered by employers. So, check your health plan benefits, talk to your doctor and weigh your options.

Register for an appointment

Someone from the Bariatric Clinic will contact you within 48-72 hours to set up your initial appointment. Ultimately, the decision to have this surgery is yours. After hearing the facts, you must decide for yourself if the benefits outweigh the potential complications. Bariatric surgery is a tool to help attain permanent weight loss, but your success depends on how well you use that tool. Good luck in your weight loss venture. We look forward to serving you.


We invite you to watch these videos for a detailed description of the advantages, disadvantages and risks associated with weight loss surgery. This information is intended for both the potential patient and the patient’s family and friends, who all play a vital role in the ultimate success of weight loss surgery.

Welcome & Introduction Will Cauthen, M.D.

Who is a Candidate? / Accreditation

Vivian Rogers, DNP, NP-C
Surgeon Introduction / Bariatric Surgery Overview Terry Pinson, M.D.
Surgical Treatment for Obesity Terry Pinson, M.D.
Psychological Factors Mike Oliver, Ph.D.
Hospital Stay after Surgery Hollie Waldron, RN
Expectations for Post-Operative Followup Vivian Rogers, DNP, NP-C
Keys to Success Ginger Mark, R.D., L.D.
Insurance Requirements & Fees Teri Spain

As you view the videos, you will hear references to several handouts.

Body Mass Index Table
Body Mass Index Calculator
Options for Individuals with BMI <35
Types of Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Support Group

Bariatric Bites Cookbook

Make healthy eating easier with more than 200 tasty recipes in our Bariatric Bites cookbook. You'll appreciate:

  • Nutrition details for every recipe
  • Healthy recipe substitution tips
  • Tips for achieving & maintaining weight loss

Get your copy for just $15 at the NMMC Bariatric Clinic or by calling 1-866-908-9465. Shipping is available for an additional $3.

Start Your Journey

Your first step is to register for an appointment with the Bariatric Clinic. Someone will contact you within 48-72 hours to set up your initial appointment. 

Register Here