St. Vincent's East
48 Medical Park East Drive, Suite 150
Birmingham, Alabama 35235
St. Vincent's Saint Clair
2805 John Haynes Drive
Pell City, Alabama 35125
Dr. Jay C. Long
Dr. Amit K. Taggar
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Jay C. Long, MD, and Amit K. Taggar, MD, are fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons specializing in laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Drs. Long and Taggar understand that obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can have a devastating effect on one's physical and emotional wellbeing. This is why they are committed to providing their Birmingham-area bariatric surgery patients with effective surgical treatments to help them achieve safe, lasting weight loss results. Dr. Long's surgical talent and dedication have been recognized by the American Medical Association, which awarded him its prestigious Physician's Recognition Award. A respected authority in his field, Dr. Taggar is often selected to present topics related to bariatric surgery at meetings of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Drs. Long and Taggar believe patient education is an important part of a successful bariatric surgery practice, which is why they spend ample time consulting with each patient. They perform an array of exams to determine whether the patient is a candidate for weight loss surgery. Dr. Long or Dr. Taggar then explains different bariatric surgery options, including an honest discussion of their benefits and possible complications. They also offer their patients complimentary weight loss surgery seminars where they can learn more about these surgical procedures. The goal of this comprehensive pre-surgery consultation process is to empower patients to make informed decisions and to prepare them for bariatric surgery both physically and psychologically.
Drs. Long and Taggar and their team of medical professionals understand that undergoing weight loss surgery can be a complex, challenging decision. They treat all patients with the utmost compassion and dedication, taking the time to answer all of their questions while attending to all of their needs. Drs. Long and Taggar also provide long-term support for their patients through regular postoperative meetings and weight loss surgery support groups.
Drs. Long and Taggar specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic gastric banding and gastric bypass procedures. During a laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon creates several small openings through which a special camera and surgical instruments are inserted in the abdomen. This technique greatly reduces the size of a patient's scars, which in turn decreases swelling, pain and recovery time. In addition, the laparoscopic approach lowers the risks of infection and excessive blood loss. To start the weight loss journey and learn more about your weight loss options, contact Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, PC at (800) 953-3013.
Jay C. Long, MD, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating with honors. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Dr. Long completed his general surgery residency at Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, where he received the Hugh Linder Award for Outstanding Resident. In addition, he completed a specialized fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Long is an active member of numerous renowned professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, the Southwestern Surgical Congress, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the Jefferson County Medical Society.
Amit K. Taggar, MD, obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Ross University School of Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J. Dr. Taggar completed both a medical internship and his general surgery residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, where he was selected as chief resident. He then performed an advanced training fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of California, San Francisco in Fresno, Calif. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.