Surgical Weight Loss Program 

For the severely obese, carrying around extra pounds can not only be life threatening but may limit daily activities. Severe obesity means being overweight to the point where your body may be prone to diseases such as diabetes and a wide range of other serious disorders.

Established in 2001, Frye Regional's Surgical Weight Loss Program is one of the first accredited bariatric surgery programs in the state. By offering a personalized plan of care and treatment, the program offers surgical hope and help to those who have tried repeatedly to lose excess weight and keep it off.


This program is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or greater than 35 with a medically treated co-morbidity, such as hypertension, diabetes or sleep apnea. The patient must meet the medical criteria established for this program.

No unnecessary mandatory testing or fees are required.

Bariatric Accreditations and Certifications

  • MBSAQIP Accredited Center
  • Aetna Institute of Quality® for Bariatric Surgery
  • Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery
  • OptumHealth Bariatric Centers of Excellence
  • Cigna-Certified Bariatric Hospital

Your Medical Support Team


The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Frye Regional offers continuous support to help each individual patient deal with the physical, emotional and social problems that may accompany the severely overweight person. Our program is implemented by a multidisciplinary medical team consisting of surgeons, anesthesiologists, psychologist, program coordinator, exercise specialists, dietitian, nursing staff and support staff. They work together to assess each patient's needs on a individual basis to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Our team supports you through the program with continued education and counseling before and after the procedure. Our goal is to help you lose weight and enjoy your new life. But we cannot do this alone. You are as much a part of the team as your caregivers and most of the responsibility for achieving your desired weight loss and goals is up to you. Achieving success with the Surgical Weight Loss Program requires commitment, following a diet plan, exercising and following up with our physician and support staff on a regular basis. Our team will help you along the way in achieving your goals and making the lifestyle changes that can help guide you on your new journey.

For More Information

For an assessment or more information about the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Frye Regional, call (828) 315-3391 or send an email to


Attend a Free Educational Seminar

To find out if surgical weight loss may be an option for you, we offer free educational seminars.

Click here for a list of upcoming seminars.

Seminars are presented by:

Monty Cox, MD

Jonathan Hata, MD

Baker Henson, MD

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

Monthly Support Groups are offered for peer support.

When you’ve made the decision to take a step toward a healthier life by undergoing surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity, you have also committed yourself to changing your lifestyle to accommodate your changing needs – including health, physical, emotional and social.

Join the member of our Surgical Weight Loss Team as we discuss those changes and how they impact your life.

Third Thursday of Each Month–6:30 p.m.

FryeCare Outpatient Imaging Center
1781 Tate Blvd. SE Suite 101 Hickory, NC

For more information, call (828) 315-5577 or email       

Find Us

Frye Surgical Weight Loss Program
Located at FryeCare Outpatient Imaging Center

1781 Tate Blvd SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: (828) 315-5577
Fax: (828) 315-5950

Hours of Operation Mon - Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm