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Weight Management Center

Your Life. Your Options. Your Health.

Mission Hospital offers advanced weight loss programs in a clinical and supportive environment. If you need a helping hand with weight management, we have safe and effective medical and surgical treatments for you. We understand that weight loss is often not as simple as it sounds. And it's not just about losing pounds; it's about new beginnings. If you need our assistance and qualify for one of our programs, ask your physician to refer you to Mission Weight Management. To sign up for a free medical or surgical weight management information session, call 828-213-4100 to schedule a free information session. One of our knowledgeable staff members will be in touch with you shortly to answer any questions you have.

Inspiring Success Stories

Emily Peeler’s Story Jim DeBruhl’s Story


Debbie Brown’s story: 85 pounds lighter and full of excitement

I didn’t get heavy in one day, but one day I woke up and realized I was really overweight. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and diabetes. It even hurt my back to walk around. That’s when I decided it was time to get serious, so I scheduled an appointment with Mission Weight Management.

Their team reviewed all of the options with me and, after careful consideration, I chose to have a minimally invasive procedure called a sleeve gastrectomy. It’s been 10 months since my surgery and I’ve lost 85 pounds. Now, I wake up excited to start my day. *Results of patients receiving services through Mission Weight Management may vary by individual and are not guaranteed.


James Washburn’s story: 80 pounds lighter and a whole lot healthier

At 64, I weighed 275 pounds, was sleeping 10 to 12 hours a night and taking medication for high cholesterol and hypertension. I’d even begun showing the early signs of diabetes. I felt like my life had come to a halt.

That’s when I called Mission Weight Management.

Within five months of entering their medical weight loss program, I lost 80 pounds. I’ve maintained my weight ever since. I am completely off of all of my medications; no hypertension, no high cholesterol, no signs of diabetes. My self-esteem has improved and I feel more in control of what I eat, when I eat and why I eat. Now I’m working out with a private trainer and recently completed a 55-mile bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
*Results of patients receiving services through Mission Weight Management may vary by individual and are not guaranteed.

Leslie Eller’s story: 70 pounds lighter and living my life again

Before I decided to go to Mission Weight Management, I was just surviving. I had always viewed weight loss programs as a type of diet, not as a way of life. But all of that changed for me at Mission.

My doctor and a team including a nutritionist and exercise specialist all helped me focus on the emotional and behavioral elements behind my eating. They helped me see my body as a machine and taught me that I could not only care for it, but could maintain it too. For me, that’s when I knew that the years of struggling to take my extra weight off had finally come to an end. Today, I’m 70 pounds lighter and have completely reinvented myself. I can’t begin to tell you how great that feels. *Results of patients receiving services through Mission Weight Management may vary by individual and are not guaranteed.

 Carmela Cajacob’ story: 30 pounds lighter and back in control

As I got older, I knew my metabolism was slowing down and it was getting harder to lose my extra weight. I had tried various diets over the years, but nothing had worked. That’s when Mission Weight Management caught my attention. It was a structured program with a serious medical approach and I just knew I could make it work for me.

When I entered the waiting room, I realized I wasn’t alone – everyone there had the same goals and faced the same challenges. Within five months, I lost 30 pounds, and now I am finally in control of my weight. *Results of patients receiving services through Mission Weight Management may vary by individual and are not guaranteed.


Medical Weight Management - 4 Phases

Our medical weight loss specialists provide treatment plans and support to help you maintain a healthy weight for life.

Learn about our 4 phases of success.

Phase 1 - Assessment

You'll begin with a thorough medical and lifestyle assessment, allowing our physician, who specializes in bariatric medicine, to help you customize an individualized treatment plan.

Phase 2 - Active Weight Loss

During this phase, which typically lasts for 12 weeks, you will meet weekly in a lifestyle changes group that will help you with your nutrition, activity habits, and behaviors. Medical monitoring begins, which includes physician and nursing assessments as well as blood-work. You consume your daily nutrition from OPTIFAST® formula.

Phase 3 - Transition

During this phase, which typically lasts for 6 weeks, you will slowly be reintroduced to food. During individual appointments, a registered dietitian will help you develop a personalized meal plan. Group lifestyle education classes will continue to reinforce your new eating and activity behaviors. Medical monitoring continues during this phase.

Phase 4 - MEDAL Phase (Maintenance, Exercise, Diet and Lifestyle)

This ongoing phase involves your active participation in your health, while experiencing a supportive, comprehensive team. A variety of interventions such as weigh-ins, support groups, and individual consults with physicians and dietitians are available to you. By attending Mission's MEDAL program, you can achieve ongoing weight loss and avoid regain, thereby retaining your improved health and self-confidence. Participation is required for the first six months and renewable indefinitely.

Exercise Offerings

Mission Weight Management Center offers individual consultations and educational classes with our exercise specialist to develop individualized exercise plans while taking personal abilities, interests and daily schedules into consideration. You will also discuss the importance of increasing lifestyle activity and how it contributes to your healthy lifestyle. You will also have access to our center’s gym with bariatric specific equipment and weekly exercise classes.

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Surgical Weight Loss

How Bariatric Surgery Promotes Weight Loss

State-of-art bariatric surgeries are available at Mission Weight Management, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures. To understand how these surgeries result in weight loss, you first need to understand the normal digestive process.

The Digestive Process

Normally, after food is swallowed, it enters the stomach and is held there while small amounts are released further into the digestive tract. The stomach can usually hold up to about 48 ounces of food. As food continues through the digestive process, digestive juices and enzymes help absorb calories and nutrients. Most iron and calcium is absorbed as it moves from the stomach into the first section of the small intestine. The rest of the digestive process occurs in the remaining two sections (about 20 feet) of the small intestine. Food that cannot be digested in the small intestine is stored in the large intestine until it is eliminated.

Bariatric Surgery Promotes Weight Loss In Two Ways:

By restricting the amount of food that can be stored, gastric banding and gastric bypass limit the amount of food the stomach can hold by closing off or removing parts of the stomach. These operations also delay emptying of the stomach.

By connecting a lower segment of the small intestine to the stomach, gastric bypass surgery limits the amount of food the body can absorb.

Origins of Bariatric Surgery

The use of bariatric surgery to control severe obesity was developed after physicians observed weight loss among patients who had large portions of the stomach or small intestine removed as treatment for cancer or severe ulcers. Since then, proven similar methods have been developed to safely promote substantial weight loss.

Cash Payment Options

Mission Weight Management offers several minimally invasive surgical approaches for weight loss. Options now include cash-pay bundled packages for patients who don’t have insurance coverage. We offer packages for the Adjustable Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve, and Roux-en-Y Gastric ByPass.

  • Adjustable Gastric Band - $15,831
  • Gastric Sleeve - $18,773
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric ByPass - $19,630

The world-class professionals at Mission Weight Management are committed to providing specialized coverage before, during and after surgery. The following surgeons with Regional Surgical Specialists P.A., an affiliate of Mission Health provide these procedures for those who qualify for the surgical weight management track.

  • W. Alan Bradshaw, MD, FACS
  • Christopher Edwards, MD
  • Peeter A. Soosaar, MD, FACS
  • Katherine Habenicht Yancey, MD

We are dedicated to making sure you have a comprehensive pre-surgery workup, including laboratory studies and diagnostic testing, and office visits with our physicians, physician assistants, dietitians, and behavioral health providers. We also offer educational materials and classes to help you on your journey to better health.

Pricing includes coverage for your inpatient stay, anesthesiologist and surgeon fees, and post-surgery complication insurance with BlisCare™.

We also offer post-surgery coverage for office visits with our surgeons, physicians, physician assistants, dietitians, and behavioral health providers for one year. For an additional cost, you may elect to add a two-year follow-up plan for ongoing care by our team of providers.

Telebariatric Services

Telebariatric services were launched at Cherokee Indian Hospital in February 2014. The program offers patient-centered care by providing a variety of education and support options that are customized to meet the personal goals of patients desiring surgical treatment for obesity.

The program allows for a nutritionist and a licensed psychologist specializing in obesity, located at Mission Hospital, to regularly meet with patients at their own local hospital as they move through the continuum of bariatric care. The care providers meet with patients through a large 42-inch 2-way video screen that provides an excellent patient experience and simulates the provider’s full size presence in the room. The care providers can control both cameras to point to props, share education and jointly create meal plans. In addition, a bariatric telemedicine scale directly submits patient weight measures into the EMR. Other factors such as food and exercise diaries to capture diet, lifestyle, and behavior are also transmitted to the hub site provider.

Patients that are on the pathway for surgical treatment must attend several sessions with the weight-management team both prior to and after surgery. Travel can be particularly burdensome for obese patients, and their families often must drive them to appointments. Through this services offering, patients could attend many of these visits in their own community through telemedicine, without the need to travel significant distances. It is anticipated that, with easier access to the weight-management team, patients will more likely complete all of their visits with the team (and possibly complete the visits faster), and will therefore be more likely complete surgical treatment successfully.

In Cherokee, Telebariatrics visits with the Mission Weight Management Nutritionist are facilitated by the patients’ regular primary care nutritionist. This collaborative care model allows care providers to meet together with patients to develop care plans as a team and ensures maximum success for the patients.


1 Hospital Drive
3rd Floor
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 213-4100