Specialists in Bariatric and General Surgery
Welcome to Southern Surgical Associates, all surgical procedures performed at an ACS Center of Excellence and Blue Distinction Plus facility. We operate at both Vidant Medical Center and Nash General Hospital for your convenience. We specialize in the surgical treatment of obesity and offer general surgical options. Our surgeons are committed to provide quality care and assist in the journey to a healthier you. We offer weekly free educational seminars to begin your weight loss journey. Southern Surgical is the only practice in Greenville, NC that offers four free monthly support groups in different areas of eastern NC and also offer a designated bariatric support team to help you through the process, two of which are bariatric patients.
Southern Surgical FAQ
Will my insurance cover my surgery?
Call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask the customer service rep if bariatric surgery is a covered benefit for you. You are just trying to verify benefits, not authorize your surgery (our office will do that).
How do I know if my insurance requires a diet and exercise program?
Contact your insurance company and ask for your Medical Policy for Morbid Obesity. You can find this online or the customer service agent can direct you how to locate it. You must meet all of the requirements based on your individual insurance company before they will pay for your surgery.
Is a diet and exercise program just a weigh in?
No, depending on your insurance company’s stipulations, you must see your primary care physician, licensed professional or Julie Johannes, PA at Southern Surgical once a month for the time period specified. During these visits he/she must place you on a diet plan and exercise regimen and document your progress.
I already have a nutritionist or psychologist, can I just see them?
No, you must see one of our nutritionist or psychologist. They are aware of our bariatric program and what insurance companies are looking for in your evaluation.
When can I schedule an appointment to meet with my surgeon?
You must complete ALL appointments/testing required, including any follow up visits PRIOR to seeing your surgeon. Once you have completed all appointments, including any diet and exercise program that may have been required for you, call our office and we will review your chart and schedule you an appointment.