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Bariatric Services

Bariatric Services

Did you know the benefits of losing weight are more than just cosmetic? Studies show that significant weight loss can greatly reduce or eliminate obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.1 If you’ve struggled to lose weight, Covenant Health’s bariatric program can help with non-surgical and surgical solutions for weight loss.


Covenant Health offers bariatric services at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Parkwest Medical Center.

Am I Overweight? Take Our Self-Assessment.

When your weight is higher than what is considered to be a healthy weight for your height, you are considered overweight or obese.The Body Mass Index (BMI) scale calculates measures body fat based on your current weight and height. Calculate your BMI and complete a surgery self-assessment to see if bariatric surgery could be right for you.

Surgical Options

Covenant Health offers several types of bariatric surgery:

  • Gastric bypass (laparoscopic Roux-en Y): is considered the gold standard for weight loss surgery. This procedure reduces the stomach through stapling and “bypasses” the large intestines, resulting in less calorie absorption. Patients also have a greater sense of satisfaction with less food. The surgery results in less production of ghrelin, a hormone that may be partly responsible for making you feel hungry.
  • Gastric sleeve (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy): permanently reduces the stomach to the size of and shape of a banana. The smaller stomach size restricts the amount of food that can be eaten, so patients lose weight by eating fewer calories. This procedure also impacts the production of ghrelin.
  • Biliary pancreatic diversion: a more complex weight loss that combines facets of gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery. As a result of this procedure, calories are incompletely absorbed, resulting in weight loss
  • Gastric banding: this is a minimally invasive and reversible procedure. An adjustable silicone band is placed around the top part of the stomach, dividing it into two parts. The band reduces the amount of food that can be eaten and makes patients feel fuller. The band is attached by a tube to a port placed under the skin and can tightened or loosened during office visits.
  • Gastric band repairs: we also perform repairs of previous lap band surgeries.

Ready to learn which option may be best for you? Attend one of our free bariatric seminars!

Non-Surgical Alternatives

You may be ready to lose weight, but aren’t ready just yet to take the surgical step. Or, you may need a medically supervised weight loss program as part of the bariatric surgery counseling process. If so, the Fort Sanders Weight Management and Nutrition Center is for you.

2019 Bariatric Seminar Dates

Interested in learning more about weight loss options at Covenant Health? We invite you to attend one of our free informational bariatric seminars to learn more about the surgery process. Find a seminar nearest you and call (865) 541-4500 to register today. You can also register online!

Meet our Team

Our multi-disciplinary team includes bariatric surgeons, a physician, nurse practitioner, dietitian, and exercise physiologist who will create an individualized weight loss plan for you. Get to know more about our team.

Patient Testimonials

Learn how bariatric surgery has changed our patients’ lives.

Data sources:

1Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD; Yoav Avidor, MD; Eugene Braunwald, MD; Michael D. Jensen, MD; Walter Pories, MD; Kyle Fahrbach, PhD; Karen Schoelles, MD. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;