Birmingham Bariatric Surgeon
52 Medical Park East Drive, Suite 307
Birmingham, Alabama 35235 US
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5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

31 Years Old Mother if Two Boys - Birmingham, AL

By far this was the best decision of my life. Only being a few days post op, I know I made the right decision! Dr. Lee Schmitt and his staff including the nice folks at OSE are amazing! I have never been more satisfied with the hospitality my family and I have been given. Recovery time has be great! Here's to the new me! I had went back and forth on the decision to have weight loss surgery...

5 out of 5 stars Gastric Bypass

Tried EVERYTHING and Couldn't Lose the Weight. GASTRIC BYPASS Was my Magic Tool! - Trussville, AL

Like most that consider RNY Gastric bypass, I had tried every diet you could imagine and could not lose the weight. The main cause was I didn't have the will power to stick to it. I felt like when I dieted I was starving all the time! After going through all the procedures for insurance to cover my surgery, I finally had it done in June of 2004. I checked into the hospital weighing 382.2 and...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Father of Three - Birmingham, AL

Amazing staff and dr lee Schmitt was awesome. 5 stars all away around He is the best of the best Love this doctor and his entire staff Could not ask for better care from dr lee team. Showed me so much care and made sure I was ok. Everyday. All his nurses kept up.with me.and made sure I was not forgotten when the insurance kept me running around

5 out of 5 stars Weight Loss

Life Saver - Birmingham, AL

Dr Scmitt has saved my life. I am 41 and was headed down hill fast. I injured my back about 3yrs ago and as a result I gained even more weight due to inactivity. I was around 520lbs 3 1/2 months ago and now I just hit 399 on my scale and planning on hitting 300 within the first year. Surgery isn't for everyone but it wasn't even a choice for me. I could probably die within 5yrs and leave wife...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Love my VSG (Verticle Sleeve) - No Regrets - Birmingham, AL

I am only 5 days post op from my VSG surgery. My husband took time to do much research on what surgeon and/or hospital to use. First of all St. Vincent East in Birmingham is by far the best hospital I have ever been to. The staff is so passionate and caring. They truly treat you as a patient which I have never experienced at this level at any other Hospital. This review however is focusing on...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

28 Year Old Wanting a New Life - Birmingham, AL

Dr. Schmidt and his staff are wonderful with their help. Dr. Schmidt talked with me from the very beginning, giving me the pros and cons for surgery. He eased my mind on all issues. Even during surgery, he made me calm and took away all nervousness. After surgery he and his staff have taken care of all issues and concerns! Thank you Dr. Schmidt for everything you have done for me in...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Schmitt - Birmingham, AL

I am currently 7 months post-op and I have lost 100 pounds. That alone should be enough for a 5 star rating! I not only have seen success from the surgery Dr. Schmitt provided, I have also received great personal care throughout the entire process. From the initial visit with him as my surgeon he explained in detail the process and follow up. I have never felt like I was in the dark about...

5 out of 5 stars Gastric Bypass

Dr. Schmitt Gave Me my Life Back! - Birmingham, AL

Gastric bypass was the best decision I have ever made! Starting weight: 280lbs Lowest Weight: 132lbs Current Weight: 155lbs I would highly recommend Dr. Schmitt to anyone seeking a bariatric surgeon. He has compassion for his patients, and wants the best for them! Not to mention I am 5 years post op and am maintaining a 125 lb weight loss!

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Stop Suffering! - Birmingham, AL

Stop suffering the life of obesity and decide to make a change! After much research, I selected Dr. Lee Schmitt and his medical team at Alabama Weight Loss Surgery to help me get control of my life…and I absolutely know extended my life! The surgical skills of Dr. Schmitt are excellent and I have had no post-surgery problems with my gastric sleeve surgery. My pre-surgery questions and...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy Gave Me a New Life - Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Schmitt and his staff are amazing to work with. They generally care about your questions and concerns. Anyone thinking of having weight loss surgery should definitely set up a consultation with dr. Schmitt you will happy you did. I know I was. He is there to help with any questions you may have . He takes the time after surgery to get ahold of you once your at home personally . I've never...

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General


American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Schmitt has hospital affiliations at St Vincent's East; Brookwood Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, University of Alabama (UAB)
    Residency: General Surgery, UAB

Treatments offered at Alabama Weight Loss Surgery

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Gastric Sleeve after lap band?

You are not alone in your troubles with the band. Only about 25% of bands are still doing a good job 12 years after surgery. Band removal and... READ MORE

Do all doctors requires a liquid pre op diet before a VGS?

I certainly require a one-week preop high protein liquid diet. This does two very important things to make the surgery safer. One, it empties out the... READ MORE

Can I have gastric bypass surgery at 5ft 9in and 480lbs or would sleeve gastrectomy be a better option?

I agree that duodenal switch would most likely be the best operation for you. However since your options are as you outlined, my second recommendation... READ MORE

I weigh 235 and am 5'8. Am I a candidate for gastric sleeve?

Absolutely. With that height and weight your body mass index is 36. This is class 2 obesity. If you have certain health problems associated with your... READ MORE

Should I have a bypass if Lap-Band failed?

A recent study found that after 12 years 75% of gastric band had been removed for either complications or poor weight loss. You are not alone. A... READ MORE

I was just told my blood sugar level is over 10 and I'm a diabetic as of today. Can I still have surgery?

Hemorrhage is one of the more common complications of sleeve gastrectomy. So, yes, you are at risk for bleeding during and after the surgery.... READ MORE

I am 37 year old female, 279 lbs, 5'11. I have high cholesterol and suffer from chronic sleep apnea. How much does it cost?

I can't tell you what it costs in Virginia, but in Birmingham, Al, I do out-patient laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for $11,900. Typically, my out of... READ MORE

I am in the process of having the Gastric Sleeve in a week. Do I need to be on the 2 week liquid diet before this surgery?

All surgeons are different and all patients are different. Some patients may need to be on a 2 week liquid diet pre-operatively. My routine is a high... READ MORE

Am I a good candidate for the gastric sleeve?

The average patient loses and maintains a loss of 60% of their excess weight after sleeve gastrectomy. Notice this is not 100% of your excess weight.... READ MORE

Large volume lipo or Sleeve? (Photo)

I am not a plastic surgeon. I am a bariatric surgeon. I believe liposuction is for body conturing and not weight loss. You are morbidly obese. Your... READ MORE

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This 73-Year-Old Woman Had Gastric Sleeve Surgery — Learn How Her Life Changed For Good

Because of her poor health, Joyce thought she was going to have to move in with her kids or go to a nursing home. But her life changed completely after gastric sleeve surgery. Learn how. WATCH VIDEO

One Week After Gastric Sleeve Surgery and This Woman Has Exciting News About Her Type 2 Diabetes

This woman shares her experience with gastric sleeve surgery including what it's done for her type 2 diabetes. WATCH VIDEO

2 Years After Gastric Sleeve: This Man Lost More Than 200 Pounds

Jeffery Pratt had his gastric sleeve surgery in May 2013. How's he doing these days? Hear his story. WATCH VIDEO

These Two Sisters Lost 270 Pounds Combined — Hear Their Experience With Gastric Bypass

These two sisters both got gastric bypass surgery. Hear about their experiences losing a total of 270 pounds. WATCH VIDEO

This Man Was 74 When He Had Gastric Bypass — Hear How It Changed His Life

Nine years ago, Dr. Lee Schmitt's dad had gastric bypass at the age of 74. How was his experience? WATCH VIDEO

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