Weight Loss Surgery Information

Carolinas Center for Surgery is the premier bariatric surgical group in eastern NC.

When it comes to taking control of your weight, you need the right people on your team to ensure success. When you’re looking for surgeons to perform weight loss surgery, there’s no better place than Carolinas Center for Surgery.

Carolinas Center for Surgery is the premier bariatric surgical group in eastern North Carolina. Weight loss surgeries are performed by two highly accomplished and highly experienced professionals: Dr. Juozas Zavadzkas, and Dr. John Johnson.

These two skilled surgeons use their expertise to perform the following bariatric surgeries:

  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Lap Band
  • Conversion Surgeries: Lap Band to Sleeve, or Gastric Bypass to Lap Band

Bariatric surgery has resulted in many of our patients experiencing long-term weight loss. The minimally-invasive procedures above have also helped many of the Carolinas Center for Surgery patients see a dramatic reduction in associated diseases like high blood pressure and severe joint pain.

Start Your Journey Towards Better Health

Once you make the decision to undergo weight loss surgery, you don’t want to wait around for your healthier life. We’ve made the process quicker and easier by implementing the following clear steps for scheduling appointments and surgeries:

  • Patients contact our office to register for a free informational seminar about weight loss surgery options
  • After the seminar, patients will schedule a consultation with the provider
  • Patient will bring completed registration packet from the seminar to first consultation
  • During initial consultation, patient and Doctor will decide which bariatric surgery is best for them
  • Patients will enroll in our bariatric program, and given all requirements to be completed prior to scheduled

Our team at Carolinas Center for Surgery is always available to answer questions you have about weight loss surgery or any of our other services.


John Johnson, MD
John Johnson, MD
Weight Loss & General Surgery
Juozas Zavadzkas, MD
Juozas Zavadzkas, MD
Weight Loss & General Surgery

Patient Education

Weight Loss Seminar 

To begin your Weight Loss Journey, you must first attend our Free Informational Seminar to hear about your Weight Loss Surgery options.  Our surgeons will discuss each weight loss surgery option and give you the chance to ask questions.  At the end of the seminar you will be able to schedule your first consultation with one of our surgeons.  Call 252-247-2101 to register.

We offer a Weight Loss Support Group to our patients who have had weight loss surgery.  The support group provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere to talk about any issues, struggles, or success stories you have had since having weight loss surgery.  We discuss a variety of topics which could include Exercise, Healthy Eating, etc. No Registration is required for the support group.  Just come on out and join us!

The Seminar and Support group are both held the

2nd Monday of Each Month @ 6:00pm
Crystal Coast Civic Center
3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC  28557

2017 Seminar Dates

January 9th
February 13th
March 13th
April 10th
May 8th
June 12th
July 10th
August 14th
September 11th
October 9th
November 13th
December 11th

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Weight Loss Surgery right for me?
You have taken your first step on the journey to a healthier lifestyle by visiting our website. The Carolinas Center for Weight Loss Surgery wants to ensure that you have all of the information available to make the best decision possible. Our team is committed to your well-being, and we will be there as your coach along this life changing journey. Your success is our success, and we will celebrate your milestones along the way with you. Please feel free to contact our Bariatric Coordinator, Beverley Barnes, at (252) 222-5919 for any questions or additional information.
Why would I consider bariatric surgery?
Bariatrics refers to the branch of medicine dealing with obesity, its causes, and methods for prevention and treatment. Obesity is a serious problem in American society with 65% of the population now regarded as overweight and 30% of the population in the obese range. Obesity has moved to the number one preventable disease. 
What Weight Loss Surgery’s are available through Carolinas Center for Surgery?
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Zavadzkas both perform the Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, and Lap-Band surgeries.
How is obesity measured?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the measurement used to evaluate if a person is overweight. BMI is calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI is a reliable indicator even though it does not directly measure body fat.• An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese.
What is a BMI and how do I calculate mine?
Your body mass index (BMI) is an indicator of your total body fat, which is related to your risk of developing or dying from obesity related disease.  While there are some limitations with BMI calculators, they do provide you with an idea of how overweight you may be.  You are eligible to be considered for Weight Loss Surgery if your BMI is: • Between 35 and 39.9 and you have other weight related health problems (co-morbidities). • Equal to or above 40.
What is a co-morbidity?
A disease or illness associated with being overweight. Some examples are high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, and severe joint disease.