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As of 2023, the state of Louisiana had an estimated population of 4,573,749, which is a 1.8% decrease from 2020. 18.6% of Louisiana's population is below the poverty line.

37.6% of Louisiana's adult population is obese, making it the 5th most obese state in the nation.

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Surgical Specialists Of Louisiana 7015 Highway 190 East Service Rd Ste 200, Covington, LA, 70433

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Michael Thomas is a highly-skilled and compassionate bariatric surgeon. He has spent more than 10 years helping Louisianians lose weight surgically. Dr. Thomas is particularly interested in research to further improve the effectiveness and safety of surgical weight loss procedures, and is a Primary Investigator on the new incision-less surgical weight loss procedure called POSE.Dr. Michael Thomas has been featured as an expert in bariatric surgery in several publications including New Orleans Magazine’s Top Doctors, The Times Picayune, WWL TV Medical News Stories, M.D. News, Inside Northside Magazine and IN Business.Dr. Thomas has extensive experience and is skilled in advanced laparoscopic procedures. He is a partner of the Surgical Specialists of LA, one of the largest and most experienced practices in the country, having performed over 6,000 bariatric procedures. He also is a National Proctor for the LAP-BAND system, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and Realize banding system.

Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans 1514 Jefferson Highway New Orleans, LA 70121

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Amanda Fontenot attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Ochsner Medical Center in 2008. She has been on staff with Ochsner since 2008 with the Ochsner West Bank primary care center and started her education in obesity medicine with the American Society of Bariatric Physicians in 2010. She gained diplomate status with the American Board of Obesity Medicine in March of 2014. Dr. Fontenot has always had an interest in health and fitness, working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer while in college and medical school. Once in practice, Dr. Fontenot could see the need for more definitive advice and treatment plans to help patients struggling with their weight and the health consequences they faced because of it. In her words, “Obesity medicine has become a rewarding practice for helping patients to change their health and their lives. I help to form individualized diet and exercise plans, prescribe medications, and help to manage pre- and post-op patients, while using evidence-based practices, with compassion and empathy.

7015 Hwy 190 E Serv Rd, Covington, LA

Bariatric Surgeon
Clark G. Warden, MD, JD, FACS, FASMBS is a native New Orleanian and a graduate of De La Salle High School. He attended Tulane University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1980. After earning his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He attained board certification in general surgery and began the private practice of general, vascular and thoracic surgery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the summer of 1989.

Ochsner Medical Center 1401 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA, 70121

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Bergstedt completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner. He studied medicine and received his Bachelors, Summa Cum Laude, from Louisiana State University.Dr. Matthew Ryan Bergstedt, MD is a health care provider primarily located in New Orleans, LA. He has 14 years of experience. His specialties include Hospital Medicine. He speaks English and German.

301 21st Avenue North #100 Nashville, TN 37203

Bariatric Surgeon
Todd Miller, MD, is an interventional cardiologist at Ascension Saint Thomas Heart Midtown in Nashville, Tennessee specializing in heart catheterization and minimally invasive heart care. He performs procedures to restore blood flow to the heart. He starts by listening to understand you and your health concerns. He works with our multidisciplinary cardiologists to create a care plan that's right for you. Our cardiovascular specialists are part of an integrated, national network of heart care, sharing best practices and offering evaluation and treatment of the most complex heart conditions.

7015 Highway 190 East Service Rd., Ste. 200 Covington, LA 70433

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Lavin is a pioneer and innovator in the field of bariatric surgery. Dr. Lavin founded Surgical Specialists of Louisiana in 2000 developing it to become one of the leading surgical weight loss programs in the United States as well as a medical-tourism destination for patients worldwide. He is one of the leading experts in the development of incisionless and minimally invasive weight loss procedures, techniques and instruments.  

1501 Kings Hwy, Shreveport, LA

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. James D. Morris is a gastroenterologist in Shreveport, Louisiana and is affiliated with Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center. He received his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. James D. Morris has expertise in treating colonoscopy, upper gi endoscopy, among other conditions - see all areas of expertise. Dr. James D. Morris accepts Medicare, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross, United Healthcare - see other insurance plans accepted. Dr. James D. Morris is highly recommended by patients.

1811 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Jonathan Davis, MD is a cardiology specialist in Shreveport, LA and has over 23 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Davis has extensive experience in Adult Congenital Heart Conditions. He graduated from LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport School of Medicine in 2000. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Willis-Knighton Medical Center and Willis-Knighton South & the Center for Women's Health. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments. After graduating from Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, Dr. Davis earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his medical degree from LSU School of medicine in Shreveport.  

1500 Line Ave Ste 100, Shreveport, LA, 71101

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Stephen L. Cox is an orthopedist in Shreveport, Louisiana and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier and Specialists Hospital-Shreveport. He received his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Stephen L. Cox has expertise in treating knee joint injury, rotator cuff injury, arthritis, among other conditions

949 Olive Street • Shreveport, LA 71104

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Merriman was born in Louisiana but grew up all over the South, including Arkansas, Texas and Alabama. After his medical training, Dr. Merriman returned to his roots in Louisiana and joined The Mason-Itzig Clinic in 1992. After Dr. Itzig retired, the practiced changed its name to Surgical Specialists of Shreveport, LLC. He has always been interested in all things technological, fostering his early interest in laparoscopy as well as surgical robotics. He is dedicated to remaining on the "cutting edge" of knowledge and innovation in his area of surgery.He entertains himself with his inborn love of music (he has been an accomplished drummer since the age of 12), movies (especially sci-fi and westerns), speaking (he was the national college debate champion of 1983) and the Green Bay Packers (having made several "pilgrimages" to the frozen tundra of Lambeau field). He and his wife of more than 20 years, Katy, now run the medical practice together keeping the highest standards of patient care and service as their top priority.

949 Olive St., Shreveport, LA, 71104

Bariatric Surgeon
Kathryn Waldrop, PA-C is a physician assistant that specializes in bariatric surgery, general surgery, and medical weight loss at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic in Shreveport, LA.

2551 Greenwood Road, Shreveport, LA, 71103

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Brakta graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Brakta works in Shreveport, LA and specializes in General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Brakta is affiliated with Willis-Knighton Medical Center.

Highland Clinic Main Campus 1455 E. Bert Kouns First Floor, Suite 105 Shreveport, LA 71105

Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. James Robert Barnes, MD is a health care provider primarily located in Shreveport, LA, with another office in Little Rock, AR. He has 33 years of experience. His specialties include Surgery, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology.Dr. Barnes has been performing bariatric surgery since 1996, focusing now on the laparoscopic gastric bypass and the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, as well as, revisional surgery for failed lap bands and stomach staplings. He also performs other laparoscopic surgery, including gallbladders, hernia repairs and antireflux surgery.

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Louisiana Weight Loss Surgery

Below, you will find the best bariatric surgeons in Louisiana. You may also consider narrowing your focus on New Orleans, Louisiana or Shreveport, Louisiana.

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Extensive experience in bariatric surgery is of the utmost importance.


We look for candidates with the professionalism and empathy necessary to help patients through their weight loss journey.

Bariatric Surgery FAQs

It is generally recommended that alcohol be avoided after bariatric surgery, due to the high caloric content of many alcoholic beverages.

The price of bariatric surgery will vary depending on a wide range of factors such as patient location, insurance coverage, and the pricing of your healthcare provider. Click here to learn more about the cost of bariatric surgery in Louisiana.