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Bariatric Surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

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Bariatric Medicine and Surgery Center

Bariatric surgery has been shown to resolve or significantly improve many of the serious health conditions that effect obese patients. The National Institutes of Health recommends Bariatric Surgery as the way achieve long-term weight loss for morbidly obese patients. “Weight loss surgery for the morbidly obese, when combined with behavior modification, is currently the most reliable and only choice for long term maintenance of excess weight loss.” (NIH Consensus Statement, March 1991)

The four different types of bariatric surgery include gastric band, gastric sleeve, biliary pancreatic diversion and gastric bypass.

Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery

Accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery offers:

  • Mark Colquitt, MD, a board-certified surgeon with many years of experience in bariatric surgery
  • Certified bariatric nurses
  • Minimally invasive daVinci® robotics technology
  • Post-surgery support groups
  • Dietician consultations
  • Free six-month post-surgical fitness program

Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery can often benefit morbidly obese people or those with debilitating co-morbidities who have been unable to lose weight through other methods. Start by using this BMI and surgery self-assessment to see if surgery could be right for you.

If you think surgery may be the next step on your road to better health, we invite you to read our comprehensive overview of bariatric surgery.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

Laparoscopic Roux-en Y (Gastric Bypass)
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)
Bariatric Revision and Conversion Surgery
Repair of LAP-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System

Bariatric Patient Stories

East Tennessee Man Loses 145 pounds with Weight-Loss Surgery

Wil Nelson lost 145 pounds after having bariatric surgery at Fort Sanders Regional. He is now living life to the fullest as an avid runner and athlete.

Before you take medication to lose weight, weigh your options

Every time Patricia Fernez-Aten fought to lose weight, it seemed like the weight was fighting back. Fernez-Aten was ready for a big win. Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery gives patients like Fernez-Aten hope for a better quality of life.

Surgeon says couples see great results with help from Fort Sanders Bariatrics Center

Teaming up for weight loss is a great way to reach healthy goals. JT and Laura Rodriguez can testify that’s right. They have lost a combined total of more than 200 pounds after undergoing procedures at the Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery.

Data Sources:

1 – Henry 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.

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