Shreveport Bariatric Surgeon
949 Olive St.
Shreveport, Louisiana 71104 US
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5 out of 5 stars Weight Loss Surgery

I had a great experience

Absolutely wonderful. He really talks to you and not at you. I had some complications but his staff is really caring and he has a great bedside manner. I recommend him to anyone who needs help or is thinking about weight loss surgery.

37 Year Old Mother of 2, Much Needed - Shreveport, LA

He is very direct and thorough. His staff has been great. I'll update after the surgery.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Personal Statement

Dr. Merriman offers a kind and compassionate approach and provides each of his patients with the tools they need for success after their procedures. He is Board Certified in General and Bariatric Surgery and has over 25 years of experience.

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)

Awards & Recognition

Fellow American College of Surgeons

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Merriman has hospital affiliations at Christus Highland Hospital, Willis-Knighton Health Systems - North.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS, Chemistry, Southern Methodist University, 1983
    Medical: MD, University of Alabama Hospitals, 1992
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Surgery, University of Alabama Hospitals, Birmingham, AL, 1992

Treatments offered at Surgical Specialists - Freedom From Obesity

Blog Posts and Articles

Advancements In the Treatment of Obesity

Published in The Forum News - 2016 An Interview with Dr. George R. Merriman II Dr. Merriman, you have been a specialist in Bariatric Surgery for the last twenty years. What would you say is the biggest change in the treatment that you have seen over the life of your career? Currently, the biggest change lies in our understanding that the basis of the obesity problem is not what we thought. When I started my training in the early 1980s, I was taught that a gastric...

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Can a person keep their Orbera balloon longer than six months?

No. The FDA has only approved the Balloon for a 6 month implant. After that amount of time, the balloon could deteriorate. The 6 month time frame is... READ MORE

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We recommend a minimum of 4 treatments at least one week apart. More can be beneficial for more fat reduction. On average patients see a decrease of 2... READ MORE

I Am Interested in a New Procedure Using a Machine Called Vanquish Has Anyone Heard of the Technology Behind This?

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Is skill required when performing vanquish on a patient? Does it matter what facility I go to to get it rather than researching?

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Understanding Obesity and Weight Loss

Dr. George Merriman discusses the complex nature of the disease of obesity and how it influences weight loss efforts. WATCH VIDEO

Weight Loss Surgery Support Needs for Recovery

Dr. George Merriman addresses the need to have comprehensive support after weight loss surgery. He discusses the need for psychological, behavioral, emotional as well as dietitian support to have success in the long run. WATCH VIDEO

Weight Loss Surgery Benefits and Results

Dr. George Merriman shares information about the benefits of weight loss surgery and newest research to help treat it. WATCH VIDEO

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