Dr. Merriman of Freedom From Obesity® is the most experienced bariatric (weight loss) surgeon in the Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana region. Through dedication and a commitment to new innovations in surgical obesity help, Dr. Merriman has remained at the forefront of the bariatric surgery industry. Our practice offers everything from effective surgical weight loss solutions to comprehensive support, educational resources, information, dietary guidance, and emotional support.
We offer a variety of different surgical options for our patients including Lap Band or gastric banding surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Revisional Surgery. Our patients considering bariatric surgery attend a free information session prior to surgery to ensure they are fully aware of the process and the expected results. They also receive ongoing monthly support group meetings with the goal of sustaining increased health and well being while attaining weight loss goals.
Compassionate & Kind Approach
Dr. Merriman offers a kind and compassionate approach and provides each of his patients with the tools they need for success well after their surgery. Our website has many informational resources and videos for guidance and education. Please browse our website and then contact us to schedule an initial consultation in our office. We are conveniently located near to the areas of Shreveport, Louisiana, Longview, Texas, and Bossier City, Louisiana.
We are ready to assist you in your journey towards weight loss, improved health, and enhanced well being. If you are ready to explore obesity help through weight loss surgery, contact us today by calling 318-222-4282.
What? I Have Type 2 Diabetes…Now What?
By Lisa Stansbury, MS, LDN, RD, CDE Dietitian for Freedom From Obesity
Shocking and scary words to hear for anyone who has been recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Don’t think that you are alone….the CDC reports that there are over 23.1 million people who have heard those very words. There are still 7.2 million people who have diabetes that have yet to be diagnosed with an additional 84.1 million adults over the age of 18 that have the early stages of diabetes (pre-diabetes).
Morbid Obesity is a highly complex problem. We now know that the old beliefs of "eat less and exercise more" alone do not work for those with true morbid obesity. Genetics, psychological issues and social issues all play a major role in understanding this problem and treating it.