Bariatric surgery can often benefit morbidly obese people or those with obesity-related illnesses who have been unable to lose weight through other methods. Parkwest Medical Center’s Center for Bariatric Surgery is led by K. Robert Williams, MD, FACS, FASMBS, a board certified in bariatric surgery with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery and Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville. Dr. Williams has performed more than 1,500 bariatric procedures in the past decade. The team at Parkwest is excited to offer this surgical specialty to our community.
Dr. Williams is performing the following weight loss procedures at Parkwest Medical Center:
- Biliary Pancreatic Diversion: With this procedure, portions of the stomach are removed. The small pouch that remains is connected directly to the final segment of the small intestine, completely bypassing the upper part of the small intestines. Weight loss occurs because most of the calories and nutrients are routed into the colon where they are not absorbed.
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB): This is a laparoscopic procedure with small incisions in the upper abdomen. The surgeon puts an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach. This creates a very small stomach pouch. The small stomach pouch means that you’ll feel full after eating less food. The band is adjustable.
- Gastric sleeve (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy): This type of procedure permanently reduces the stomach to the size and shape of a banana, which restricts the amount of food that can be eaten. Patients lose weight by eating fewer calories. This procedure also impacts the production of ghrelin, a hormone that may be partly responsible for making you feel hungry.
- Gastric bypass (laparoscopic Roux-en Y): Considered the gold standard for weight loss surgery, this procedure reduces the stomach through stapling and “bypasses” the large intestines, which results in less calorie absorption and creates a sense of satisfaction with less food. The surgery results in less production of ghrelin.
Interested in Learning More About Weight Loss Surgery at Parkwest Medical Center? Attend one of our FREE monthly informational seminars. Call (865) 541-4500 to register today! You can also register online.