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Bariatric Surgery Center

Bariatric Surgery Center Serving Patients in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg & Beyond

Are you losing an uphill battle with weight loss? Have traditional methods of weight control, such as diet or exercise, proved largely unsuccessful? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, weight-loss surgery from the bariatric surgeons at Pinehurst Surgical may be your next best step.

Who benefits from bariatric surgery?

Patients are considered morbidly obese and may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if they:

  • Are 18 or over
  • Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 40 or greater than 35 with other medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or other health problems related to morbid obesity
  • Have a history of failure to control weight through other methods such as diets and exercise

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?

  • Significant long-term weight loss
  • Effective control of Type 2 diabetes
  • Effective control of high blood pressure
  • Control of sleep apnea
  • Improved symptoms of arthritis related to excess weight
  • Greatly improved physical appearance
  • Improved self-esteem and employment opportunities

To learn more about our bariatric procedures, please visit This site offers helpful information on the pros and cons of each procedure, as well as tips and suggestions to follow as you recover from your surgery.

Scheduling surgery and what to expect

Bariatric surgery is usually performed 12 weeks after the prospective patient attends a required information session with a bariatric surgeon. These sessions are held regularly and are designed to introduce the patient to the bariatric procedures as well as to the FirstHealth Bariatric Team.

Prospective patients are also required to be evaluated by
the following:

  • A registered dietitian
  • A FirstHealth mental health provider
  • A bariatric surgeon

Information and referral

FREE weight-loss information sessions are held the first Thursday and the third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Shadowlawn Room at Clara McLean House, 20 FirstVillage Drive, FirstVillage Campus, Pinehurst.

Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the program so we can record your weight and calculate your Body Mass Index.

For more information, visit or download Bariatric Patient Education Brochure to learn more.

If you are interested in post-bariatric surgery, please visit our Plastic Surgery Center specialty page.


Raymond Washington, M.D., serves as medical director of the program. Joining Dr. Washington is David Grantham, M.D., a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. Both Dr. Washington and Dr. Grantham are board certified and affiliated with Pinehurst Surgical.

Dr. Washington began his extensive bariatric training by assisting on more than 250 bariatric cases. As medical director of the FirstHealth bariatric team, he provides leadership and direction for the program.  He is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He has been recognized for his achievements in surgery by his alma mater, St. Joseph’s University, when he was made the institution’s spokesperson and national representative.

David W Grantham_clipped_rev_1Dr. Grantham received his medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his residency and a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

FirstHealth Bariatrics at Moore Regional Hospital offers:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery
  • Roux-en Y divided gastric bypass surgery

Typically performed by way of laparoscopic (minimally invasive) approach, Roux-en Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are proven safe and effective methods for promoting weight loss in the obese or morbidly and for treating the illnesses associated with obesity such as sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure and joint pain.

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery that permanently removes 85 percent of the stomach. The surgeon uses staples to divide the stomach into two parts and then turns one part into a narrow tube that carries the food. The other part is removed. When the patient eats, the food passes into the narrow stomach as normal. Since the smaller stomach can take only a few ounces of food, the patient feels full sooner than usual.

The Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass procedure reduces the capacity of the stomach to a small pouch that holds about an ounce of food. The pouch is completely divided from the stomach and is connected to the small intestine so that it can empty. Limiting the amount of food a patient can eat and the number of calories that the patient’s body can absorb helps the patient achieve dramatic weight loss while often controlling Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other health problems.

Visit to learn more about these procedures and the pros and cons of each.


At Pinehurst Surgical, each of our surgeons in Pinehurst, Sanford, Troy, Rockingham, Laurinburg and Raeford, NC is truly a specialist in his or her field. So whether you’re coming in for a routine checkup or a major surgery, you can feel confident knowing that your problem will be treated in the most thoughtful, dedicated manner possible.