Mercy Bariatric Center - Fort Smith

7301 Rogers Avenue
Suite 301
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Fax: (479) 314-5731
Services are provided by Mercy Hospital Fort Smith Learn more »
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The reasons for weight-loss are more than cosmetic. People who are obese often experience serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, and may be at increased risk for certain cancers.  Mercy Bariatric Center in Fort Smith, AR provides bariatric surgery that can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and reduce your risk of developing health complications associated with obesity.

In addition, surgical weight loss may also provide significant health benefits and allow you to:

  • Feel better
  • Have more energy
  • Reduce your cholesterol levels
  • Improve or resolve type 2 diabetes
  • Decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis and gastroesophageal reflux
  • Improve your breathing and mobility

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatrics is simply the field of medicine focused on obesity, its causes, prevention and treatments. Bariatric surgery is divided into two different approaches to helping treat obesity: restrictive, where the stomach's size and capacity are reduced, and malabsorption, where the stomachs ability to absorb calories and nutrients is reduced.

At Mercy Bariatrics our team of leading experts is ready to help you meet your weight loss and health goals. We provide a variety of bariatric procedures including gastric sleeve, gastric banding and gastric bypass. In addition to your primary care physician, we call on our team of specialists to ensure your success. Bariatric surgery is just one part of your lifelong commitment to better health-but we're here to help.

Register for a Seminar

Get to know your care team. Register for an in-person seminar.

Watch Our Online Seminar

Take the first steps to the new you.

Weigh your Options

Discover the surgical options available to you.

Our Team Approach to Care

Watch a video to see how Mercy helps you make important lifestyle changes.

Download a Treatment Guide

Decide, along with our health care providers, if surgery is right for you.

Am I Eligible for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a great way to help build a healthy lifestyle, but it's not for everyone. For weight loss surgery to be a viable option, patients must meet the following criteria:

You're 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight and have one of the following conditions:

  1. A body mass index, or BMI, between 35 and 40, and
    • Diabetes
    • Sleep Apnea
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Your weight is causing health problems
  2. Or have a BMI of 40 or more and none of the above health conditions.

Calculate My BMI 

Disclaimer: Surgery may be associated with its own set of problems, such as infection, poor wound healing, and rarely even death. Therefore, you and your surgeon should carefully discuss the risks of your current health condition compared to the risks and benefits of surgery.

I am eligible

Learn more about additional requirements and the types of surgery at Mercy.

I am not eligible

If you're not eligible for bariatric surgery, Mercy is still here to help. We have teams of weight loss specialists for non-surgical options as well.

Patient Testimonials

Our Medical Director

General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery


Special Designations


Darryl Eckes, MD, and Jonathan Ferrari, MD, have both been designated a
Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).

Our Providers

Christopher Matthew Coleman, MD, Mercy
Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
Mercy Clinic
Darryl W. Eckes, MD, Mercy
General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Mercy Clinic
Jonathan Paul Ferrari, MD, FACS, Mercy
General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Mercy Clinic