Making a change in your life and your health

The decision you have made to undergo weight loss surgery is a very important one that affects every aspect of your life. Some people can feel overwhelmed or concerned about feeling alone on this journey, but that isn’t the case at Bariatric and General Surgery Centers of Kingwood. Your long-term success is our primary goal. Our team of weight loss surgery professionals, registered dietitians, psychologists and affiliated surgeons will support you every step of the way, from pre-surgery through post-surgery and beyond. We know that living at a healthy weight can not only extend your life, but make the life you have a happy, hopeful and healthy one.

Is this an option for me?

You qualify for bariatric surgery if you:

  • Are 100 lbs. or more over your ideal body weight or
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
  • And are at least 18 years old

If you have tried other methods of weight loss without success and want to explore bariatric surgery as an option, reach out to our bariatric team to see if you qualify. Call (281) 312-6457 for more information.


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If you meet the medical criteria for morbid obesity, Medicare, HMOs and many private insurance companies may cover surgical treatment. If your insurance does not approve the procedure, we have financing options available. If you have questions regarding insurance coverage and benefits, call (281) 312-6457 to speak to one of our qualified bariatric specialists for more information.


Is weight loss surgery right for you? Our team of surgery professionals, including our dietician, will help determine the right course of action for you. They will work closely with you to determine if the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks and assess if you are medically ready to undergo the procedure. The team considers many factors, including:

  • Medical conditions and history
  • Nutrition and dietary history
  • Psychological status
  • Motivation
  • Age

Attendance at one of our free bariatric surgery seminars is the first step in the path. During these sessions, we will discuss the history and implications of obesity, the treatment options, the risks and complications of surgery. During the session, we also discuss with you to what to expect after surgery and answer all of your questions. Once it is determined if surgery is a good fit for you then you will have a one-on-one surgical consultation with Dr. Garay and begin the journey to a healthier you.


Surgery is only part a greater solution set. The path towards a healthier lifestyle will have challenges. Our program is designed to provide support at every step in your journey. Studies have shown behavior modification is one of the most critical components to any weight loss strategy.

Changing behaviors related to eating, exercising and weight control is certainly a challenge and does not happen overnight. Kingwood Medical Center understands these challenges and has assembled a dedicated team to support and promote your success. Your multi-disciplinary team will include surgeons, bariatric nurses, dietitians, mental health professionals, exercise specialists, bariatric advocates and other medical specialists who offer continuous compassionate support and guidance in a respectful environment. The focus is to help each patient establish and achieve realistic goals.

The ultimate factor to improving health is sustained weight loss. Conquering obesity is about restoring and preserving your health, extending your life and improving the quality of your life. Call the (281) 312-6457 for additional information.