Dr. Frederick Rau

General, Vascular, and Thoracic /Advanced Laparoscopic / Bariatric Surgeon. International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity / American Society for Bariatric Surgery Member.

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Dr. Eric Rau

General, Vascular, and Thoracic / Advanced Laparoscopic / Bariatric Surgeon. International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity / American Society for Bariatric Surgery Member

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Dr. Donald P. Schwab, Jr.

M.D. F.A.C.S.

Doctor Schwab completed undergraduate in Pre-Med Biology at Nicholls State University in 1992. He then went on to medical school at LSUNO and graduated in 1996. He completed two years residency at LSU followed by residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville South Carolina.

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Dr. David J. Rau


Dr. David Rau completed undergraduate studies at Nicholls State University and went on to post graduate studies in medicine at LSU. He finished in 1984 and continued his residency at LSU affiliate hospital caring for patients through the LSU system. He gained vast experience in trauma and general surgery.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy
(Gastric Sleeve)

The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that works by converting the stomach into a long, thin tube by stapling it along its length and removing the excess stomach. The size of your stomach is reduced by about 75%. It is divided vertically from top to bottom, leaving a banana (or sleeve) shaped stomach along the inside curve. The pyloric valve remains intact at the bottom of the stomach. This means that although smaller, the stomach works in the same way as before. Some advantages of the sleeve gastrectomy include:

  • No Intestinal Bypass
  • Maintains Normal Functions
  • Very Effective

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Gastric Sleeve

LapBand to Gastric Sleeve Conversion

  • Failure to Tolerate Filling of the Band
  • Failure to Lose Weight with the Band
  • Weight Regain After the Band
  • Significant Reflux Disease with a Filled Band
  • Slippage of the Band
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Center of Excellence Care

One-of-a-Kind Care

Welcome to our practice! Our surgeons are the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the Louisiana Tri-parish area. We offer a comprehensive & healthy approach to surgical weight loss management. The physicians and staff of Surgical Weight Management Associates are excited to help in your journey to a happier and healthier future with weight loss surgery!

All of our surgeries are performed exclusively at Physicians Medical Center. It is a physician-owned, multi-specialty hospital located in Houma, LA, the heart of Louisiana's bayou country. Our patients prefer us for our outstanding success rate and quality of care.

We are the only program in tri-parish area that is an accredited center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

This accreditation is awarded to centers that meet the highest standards and stringent criteria established by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

  • Least Expensive Cash Pay Price of Any Accredited Center
  • Unparalleled Patient Satisfaction
  • Convenient and Accessible

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Testimonials/Success Stories

Lorris Terrebonne

I had the Lapband surgery in July of 2008. I had a few health issues like high blood pressure, Sleep Acmia, Reflux, Arthritis, and high cholesterol. One year after surgery I was on no medicine at all, and seven years on, I’m still medicine free. I lost a total of 265 pounds and I feel great. I can do things now that I thought I would never be able to do again, and I encourage everybody to get this surgery that has weight problems.

*These are individual results. No outcome is guaranteed.

Lori Thibodaux

Having weight loss surgery saved my life. It gave me the tool I needed to get back on track to eating right and exercising. I have my life back so that I can enjoy the time I have with my daughter and family and friends. And most importantly I’ve learned to love myself again and enjoy life.

*These are individual results. No outcome is guaranteed.

Tommy Pitre

I weighed 406 pounds and had a 54 inch waist when I started my weight loss journey with the gastric sleeve surgery. I am currently at 253 with a waist of 36”. I went from a 4x shirt to now a 1x. This journey has been a life saver. This surgery has given me the tools to be able to keep up with my life and kids. I used to have serious multiple health problems and now I am 100% healthy with no meds. Doctor Schwab and his staff has been so wonderful to me from the beginning. They treated me like I was family. I would do this surgery all over again if I had to. It was the best decision I have ever made.

*These are individual results. No outcome is guaranteed.

Barbara Miller

For years I battled obesity. The lapband helped me learn how to “eat to live and not live to eat .” I never dreamed I would lose over a 175 pounds, more importantly I never thought it was possible to not be on a diet and maintain a healthy weight. But I did it ! With the help of my doctor, medical staff, and lap band I lost the weight and somewhere in between 309 and 124 I found myself. Stop reading my story and come write your own!

*These are individual results. No outcome is guaranteed.

Richelle DeHart

I have struggled with my weight since my early teens, but I never realized how out of control it had gotten until my daughter started school and I saw pictures of myself. That’s when I decided that if I wanted to see her grow up I had to do something! Seven years and 140 lbs later I would recommend to anyone considering bariatric surgery to do it…don’t wait another minute!

*These are individual results. No outcome is guaranteed.

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Surgical Weight Management
5619 Highway 311, Suite B
Houma, LA 70360

Phone: 985.868.2206
Fax: 985.868.2232

Nationally Accredited Center

Nationally Accredited Center

Surgeries performed exclusively

Physicians Medical Center
218 Corporate Drive
Houma, LA 70360