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Valley Baptist Bariatric Centers

If you are overweight, and diets and exercise haven’t helped, you may be considering weight loss surgery. To some people that sounds extreme, but carrying excess weight can put you at a higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health concerns. Let Valley Baptist Medical Center help.

Weight Loss Surgery

Being overweight is itself a disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health. Bariatric surgery can be the solution.

The Valley Baptist Difference

  • General Vascular Surgeons who specialize in Bariatric Surgery
  • Medical Physician who is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine
  • A continuum of care and concern provided from your first informational seminar in Harlingen or Brownsville through your surgery and beyond

Valley Baptist Surgical and Medical Weight Loss Program-Brownsville is now a Comprehensive Center

  • Accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement program.
  • VBMC-B is the only Bariatrics program in Cameron County to have received this accreditation award.
That’s Valley Baptist Care.

To find out more about our weight loss surgery program in Harlingen, contact Program Director Dawn Rodriguez by email, or at (956) 389-6896.

To find out more about our weight loss surgery program in Brownsville, contact Program Director Marcela Montemayor by email, or at (956) 698-5220.

Weight Loss Surgery 

At Valley Baptist, we understand the challenges you face, and we are ready to help you get started on a safe, sensible weight-reduction treatment program. And when we say we understand, we mean it: Dawn Rodriguez, the Program Director of Valley Baptist’s Surgical Weight Loss Program in Harlingen, is a former client!

A Registered Nurse, Dawn says that her 2006 bariatric surgery was life changing, and that she is devoted to providing the kind of care and support she knows people need before, during and after weight loss surgery.

“I have been an operating-room nurse for more than 15 years, and so I knew what surgery meant,” she says. “But it can still be scary. I make sure that our patients know that we are here for them."

Marcela Montemayor is a critical Care Registered Nurse, with more than 20 years of nursing experience in intensive care. She is also the Program Director of Valley Baptist’s Surgical Weight Loss Program in Brownsville.

“I am very excited about our new bariatric program in Brownsville. The surgeon working with our program, Dr. Barba, moved here from Connecticut, where he had done more than 5000 bariatric procedures, including gastric banding, gastric bypass, and lap band. We are based in Brownsville, and all surgeries with Brownsville and surrounding area patients will be done at Valley Baptist –Brownsville. “

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The fight against obesity received a boost with the accreditation of the Surgical and Medical Weight Loss Program at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville as a “Comprehensive Center” by a national organization, the American College of Surgeons. 

The VBMC-B program received the accreditation award through the “Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.”  Valley Baptist-Brownsville is the first to receive this accreditation in Cameron County.  

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Two Unique Procedures

Valley Baptist offers two different weight loss surgical procedures, so we have a solution that fits your specific needs. Our staff and physicians will review all your options and help you customize a solution.

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Informational Seminars

Every month, in Harlingen and in Brownsville, we hold meetings for the community, so that anyone interested in bariatric surgery can find out what’s involved, from the costs to the surgery itself and how your life will change afterward.

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Support Groups

Weight loss surgery will change your life, and not everyone will understand what that means. Valley Baptist provides support groups so that you’ll immediately have a caring community of friends to lean on for support. Every month in Harlingen and in Brownsville we offer support groups to help you on your journey.

Vitamins & Protein Supplements

Following surgery, your dietary needs will change. Valley Baptist is the only surgical weight loss program in the Rio Grande Valley that sells the needed vitamin and protein supplements to weight loss patients. 

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