Mooresville Bariatric Surgeon
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Mooresville, North Carolina 28117 US

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5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Weight Loss Surgery (Best Decision I Ever Made)

I live in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. My friend turned me on to go the route of weight loss surgery. She had it done and she looked amazing! I guess, I wanted what she had accomplished. Now I am that person and I look amazing. It was easy since I was self pay patient. Best $12k I ever spent. This included everything from the Surgeon fees, Anesthesiologist, 1 overnight...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy


I cannot even begin to put into words how wonderful Dr. Heider is as a surgeon and as a person. I had the Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy done and it is hands down the best decision I have made for myself and my health, however, choosing Dr Heider and his team was the best decision I made in trusting someone to perform surgery on me. He truly cares about his patients and puts himself in their...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

I Got my Life Back!!

It took me a year to make the decision to have this surgery. I can't tell you how many times I dialed the phone and then just hung up. I had to overcome the fear and embarrassment that I had let my health and weight get out of control. I have not regrets and it is a decision that I am forever thankful for. My life, health and outlook on life is one of optimism and hope. Once I made the...

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Incredible Life Changing Decision! Great Price! - Mooresville, NC

I had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and it was the best decision I've ever made. I had been searching everywhere trying to find a reputable physician in the United States that was afforadable due to my insurance carrier not covering the surgery. I then found Dr. Heider and had heard a lot of great things about him and his staff. They have a thorough program and his staff is very caring. The...

Ready To Live Again - Mooresville, NC

I have always been heavier, though I didn't always see myself as big as the pictures clearly showed that I was. I was just me. I tired easily and didn't like doing things outside. I never got dressed up because nothing fit me and I didn't like looking in the mirror in the first place... I've lived a life of avoidance, that is of every person who owns a camera! I have very few photos of myself....

5 out of 5 stars Sleeve Gastrectomy

Wanna Dance at Their Weddings!!! - Lake Norman, NC

58 year old widowed mother of and 8 and 13 year olds- I know, I am a late bloomer!!! Had children very late in life, gestational diabetes with both. Controlling my sugars and my weight had become increasingly difficult, and the thought of dying before my children were adults horrified me. I chose vertical sleeve gastrectomy for its permanence and for its effect on the hunger hormone, grhelin!...

55y Nana Excited to Improve my Health and State of Mind - Mooresville, NC

I am now in my 2nd month of the nutritional phase am 5ft 6 230 lbs with blood sugar issues high cholesterol high bp and joint problems . hoping this will help with all of this I also have 7 vertrbra compacted from a vehicle accident at age 14y so arthritis and pain are with me always. This should ease that as well.Of course am so looking forward to being my husbands Arm Candy Again and...

To Lose It - Moorsville, NC

I have gained alot of weigh, and can't stand it.The last 2 or 3 years i have tryed to get it off.exercise. weight watchers pills.the whole nine yards i have tryed it all.Friend of mine had the vertical sleeve done,she is doing well with it. I think i would do good with it, i have read up on it for about 6 months.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General


American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: General Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Treatments offered at The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman

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Would I qualify for VSG? (photo)

Based on what you provided, your BMI is 39.9, which generally will be viewed as a BMI of 40 by insurance companies. You also have a co-morbidity... READ MORE

How does VSG work if you've previously had an incisional hernia repair with mesh?

It is hard to say for sure without knowing where on your abdominal wall the mesh was placed, but I have operated on numerous patients with prior... READ MORE

If I have had my lap band removed can I still qualify to have a gastric balloon?

If you have had prior stomach surgery, such as bariatric surgery or reflux surgery, you are not a candidate for a gastric balloon. The risks in this... READ MORE

Converting from lap band to sleeve?

Generally once the stomach has healed, it will tolerate occasional use of NSAIDS, so based on the frequency that you indicated in your question, I... READ MORE

I have a BMI of 33.5. I would like to have the gastric sleeve. Is it possible? What's the costs?

Yes, it idefinitely possible to get a sleeve gastrectomy. The cost in the US ranges from about $11,000 to $25,000 or more. Just make sure when... READ MORE

Insurance for gastric sleeve in Tijuana?

I won't be able to tell you whether or not your insurance will cover complications in your specific case, however, my experience has been that nearly... READ MORE

Would I be a candidate for gastric sleeve?

It sounds like you would be a candidate for a sleeve gastrectomy. Typically, insurance companies will require other related conditions (comorbidities)... READ MORE

I am having VSG surgery and then want to have my tubes tied.

There are a couple of ways to get this done. One thing to consider would be doing the tubal and the sleeve at the same time, which would save you a... READ MORE

Had hernia surgery with mesh. Would I be eligible for any bariatric weight loss surgery?

Yes, you would be eligible for bariatric surgery. Sometimes there are quite a few adhesions, or scar tissue, that develops after the hernia surgery,... READ MORE

Do I qualify for vertical sleeve gastrectomy and is it covered by my insurance?

Sounds like you meet the general qualifications (BMI above 40) and are well informed, so I think the sleeve would be a good fit for you. If your... READ MORE

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