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WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services

WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services offers you the highest quality bariatric surgery available, with comprehensive help and support all the way through, and lifelong follow-up afterward to help you keep things healthy! We now also have a Bariatric Medicine Program to help those who have problems with their weight.

WellStar Bariatric Services Includes Bariatric Medicine!

We offer you the full range of weight loss services, from nutritional counseling all way through advanced bariatric surgery. The WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services Team is here for you! Please call or email for more information.


Please Click Here to get more information about our
Bariatric Medicine Program


Angelina Cain, MD

Dr. Angelina Cain is the most recent addition to our staff. She practices Bariatric Medicine and joined WCBS in February, 2014. She comes to us from Tallahassee, FL where she developed a large and busy Bariatric Medicine practice. She is board certified in Family Medicine and in Obesity Medicine. Dr. Cain brings an expertise and experience that helps us provide truly comprehensive treatment of obesity for our patients.



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We're on Facebook.:

Our Facebook page, WellStar Bariatrics Facebook Page is now available to help provide you with updated info on Support Groups and Information Sessions, as well as other helpful information. Stop by and check out our Facebook Events Calendar.

New Videos on YouTube


Dr. Smith has uploaded a couple of new videos to his YouTube channel. Each of which is in HD, is very detailed and narrated, and runs about 18 minutes. These will give the viewer a great look into what goes on in the inside during surgery! Dr. Smith's YouTube Channel

Bariatric Surgery and You:


As a bariatric surgery patient you are an individual, and at WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services you'll be treated as the unique person you are. We'll work with you to decide which operation is best for you medically, and which operation fits your lifestyle best, and then we'll work with you to get that operation approved by your insurance company. You'll than get our commitment to Safety and Quality, which have always been our standards. You'll also get the lifelong follow-up you require in order to get as healthy as possible and stay that way!

We Offer The Full Range of Minimally-Invasive Bariatric Procedures


We have two board-certified surgeons highly trained in bariatric surgery who will work to give you the best possible care not only around the time of surgery, but with life-long follow-up.

Dr. Fritz Jean-Pierre joined us in February, 2012 and like Dr. Smith is totally dedicated to bariatric surgery. He has completed a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery with special emphasis on bariatric surgery procedures.

Dr. Dennis C. Smith has been involved with bariatric surgery for more than 15 years, was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform the Duodenal Switch procedure completely laparoscopically.

Our surgeons both perform the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch (DS) (commonly referred to as the "Duodenal Switch", and in the past known as the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) procedure, the Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Procedure. Drs. Smith and Jean-Pierre will also evaluate patients for conversion of an adjustable gastric band to a Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch procedure, and some other revisional procedures.

Please click on the tabs to the left or above to learn more about these procedures. You can also email us using the link at the bottom of any of our pages to ask for more information! Please feel free to contact us at any time to ask any questions you have.

A Certified Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence


Center of Excellence The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)and the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) in 2005 designated our bariatric program, including Dr. Smith, WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services, and WellStar Kennestone Hospital, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. We are very proud of this designation, as it reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence in all areas of the performance of bariatric surgery.

We continue to be a Center of Excellence in the new MBSAQIP Center of Excellence program governed by the ASMBS and the ACS (American College of Surgeons).



An Interview With Patient and Dr. Smith


Watch a video showing an excerpt from an interview program featuring Dr. Smith and one of his patients:



The Operations:

Duodenal Switch For further information on each of the operations, click on the link below:

Revisions of Lap Gastric Bands:


Have you had a Lap Gastric Banding procedure and haven't lost weight well, had difficulty tolerating the Band or have regained weight? One option for dealing with this that Drs. Smith and Jean-Pierre can offer is to laparoscopically remove the Band and convert to a Sleeve Gastrectomy, or a Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch. Please call our office or click here for more information on this procedure.

Laparoscopic Re-Sleeve Procedures:


If you previously had a Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch or a Sleeve Gastrectomy and you have an enlarged gastric pouch, Drs. Smith and Jean-Pierre can do a laparoscopic "Re-Sleeve", or a restapling of your pouch to make it smaller. This has been effective in stopping and reversing weight regain. Please call our office or click here for more information on this procedure.

Insurance Plans:

***We have special rates in place for self-pay patients. These rates make it easier for you to afford to choose the quality of care you receive at WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services.*** Please call or email our office for more information, or or click here to send a contact form to us.

We ARE currently accepting Medicare applications. Please note that we DO accept assignment with Medicare! We are in-network with many health care insurance plans, with several other plans coming on-line in the next several months. Please continue to call our office for updated information.

Free Information Seminars:


We have several free Information Seminars each month where you can hear about how bariatric surgery can help you become a healthier you. Some are during the day, and some are in the evening or on the weekend. Please call our office at 770-919-7050 to make a reservation for one of our free sessions.

About Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery:


Duodenal Switch

Dr. Smith has been involved with the development of laparoscopic techniques for the Duodenal Switch procedure. He was the third surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic Duodenal Switch, and has now performed over 500 of these totally laparoscopic Duodenal Switch Procedures. He has also done over 800 laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass proceduresand many Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures as well.

He was the first bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duodenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique for the Duodenal Switch, and he has presented his techniques and results with the Totally Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch procedure at national and international meetings of bariatric surgeons. Dr. Smith continues to be an authority on the performance of the laparoscopic Duodenal Switch, the Sleeve Gastrectomy, and on the performance of high quality bariatric surgery in general.

He is also very involved with teaching laparoscopic bariatric surgery techniques to other bariatric surgeons, especially the Sleeve Gastrectomy, the Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch, and laparoscopic suturing techniques.

Dr. Smith is or has been a Committee member in both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

We treat many patients from outside of Georgia, and even out of the United States, especially for the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch. Please see our Our Process page if you're interested in finding out more about coming to Marietta, Georgia for bariatric surgery. Marietta is a suburb to the northwest of Atlanta, Georgia.

WellStar Comprehensive Bariatric Services in Marietta, Georgia is a comprehensive center for bariatric surgery devoted to laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity. We also have options available in our medical system for Medically-Supervised Weight Loss, for those of you whose insurance companies mandate this before you can be approved for bariatric surgery. Please contact us for more information on this.

Our eStore« Is Now Online!:

Our eStore« is now online and lists many of the products that we feel are helpful for your success both before and after bariatric surgery. Please visit our eStore« page and see what is there that might help you!

Visit Our Video Library!


Watch streaming video of Dr. Smith performing portions of several types of laparoscopic bariatric procedures, including the laparoscopic Duodenal Switch, at our Video Library on the Downloads page. Note: You must register in order to visit this page!

You can also see VIDEO CLIPS of Dr. Smith's Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and the Duodenal Switch! Go to the Duodenal Switch page to view them.

Also look for our videos of the Lap DS, Lap RNY
and Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy on YouTube!

Please Note: If you'd like to obtain a DVD with an informative video about our program,
please contact our office using the contact
information below, or click HERE!


For any questions, comments, or to begin the process, please contact us:
Phone: 770-919-7050
Fax: 770-919-7051
Toll-Free: 1-866-535-0966
or email us at:
inquiries@advancedobesitysurgery.com


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Advanced Obesity Surgery
A Certified Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
55 Whitcher Street, Suite 410
Marietta, Georgia, USA