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Dr. Merriman of Freedom From Obesity is the most experienced 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 weight loss surgery industry. Our practice offers everything from comprehensive support, educational resources, information, dietary guidance, and emotional support to effective surgical weight loss solutions.

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, Bossier City and Longview, Texas.

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.

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Dr. Merriman - Freedom From Obesity

George R. Merriman II, MD, FASMBS
Contact: (318)222-4282
Meet the Medical Team

The first and most experienced Lap-Band AP® by Apollo EndoSurgery and Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgeon in the Ark-La-Tex region
Has performed over 3000 Bariatric cases
Recognized "Center of Excellence" by the Surgical Review Corporation
The first local Bariatric Surgeon certified on the DaVinci robotic operating system
Is also an experienced laparoscopic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery, gall bladder removal and hernia repair.

Dr. Merriman was born in Louisiana but grew up all over the South, including Arkansas, Texas and Alabama.  After his medical training, Dr. Merriman returned to his roots in Louisiana and joined The Mason-Itzig Clinic in 1992. After Dr. Itzig retired, the practiced changed its name to Surgical Specialists of Shreveport, LLC.

He has always been interested in all things technological, fostering his early interest in laparoscopy as well as surgical robotics. He is dedicated to remaining on the "cutting edge" of knowledge and innovation in his area of surgery.

He entertains himself with his inborn love of music (he has been an accomplished drummer since the age of 12), movies (especially sci-fi and westerns), speaking (he was the national college debate champion of 1983) and the Green Bay Packers (having made several "pilgrimages" to the frozen tundra of Lambeau field). He and his wife of more than 20 years, Katy, now run the medical practice together keeping the highest standards of patient care and service as their top priority.

Dr. Merriman's well-rounded life experiences foster his commitment to treating his patients as more than their disease by following a simple philosophy — always treat people as an end unto themselves, and never as a means to an end.

M.D. (1992) - Medical School & Surgery Residency - University of Alabama Hospitals (Birmingham, AL)
B.S. Chemistry (1983) - Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)

Board Certified, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Fellow, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)
Recognized "Center of Excellence" by the Surgical Review Corporation
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Member, Louisiana State Medical Society
Member, Shreveport Medical Society
Former Board of Director, Shreveport Medical Society

Am I a Candidate?Am I a Candidate? - Surgical Specialists of Shreveport

There are several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity.
You are likely morbidly obese if you are:

  • More than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight, or
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight.
  • Unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting.

Even if you do not meet these above criteria, you may be eligible for weight loss surgery. In 2010, the FDA approved the Lap-Band AP® System for patient with a BMI of 30 or greater and significant co-morbidities. 

Our Surgeries

Lap-Band AP® by Apollo Endosurgery
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y)
Lap-Band AP® with Plication / Plication with Existing Lap-Band AP®
Lap-Band AP® Over Bypass Revision
SIPS - Stomach Intestinal Pylorus Preserving Surgery

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Freedom From Obesity® - Surgical Specialists of Shreveport

949 Olive St.
Shreveport, LA 71104
Office: (318)222-3132
Fax: (318)222-3865

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