What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric or weight loss surgery refers to a variety of procedures that can treat obesity and even conditions that are caused by obesity. This includes diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol.
The goal of bariatric surgery is to make the necessary changes to the stomach and intestines, resulting in less food intake and changes in how the body absorbs it. With a commitment to the prescribed diet and exercise program, a healthy weight loss can be achieved in the long run.
The following are examples of bariatric procedures performed by certified Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Robert Williams of New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery:
• Sleeve gastrectomy
• Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
• Adjustable gastric band
• Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch
Do you qualify for bariatric surgery?
In order to qualify for bariatric surgery, you have to meet certain qualifications. This includes:
• Being more than 100 lbs overweight over your ideal body weight
• Having a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
• Having a BMI of 35 with an obesity-related condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol
• Failing to achieve and maintain healthy body weight, even with medically supervised dieting
If you think you fit these qualifications, your next step is to attend or view our FREE New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery Seminar. The purpose of this educational seminar is to give you more information about bariatric surgery, helping you make a more informed choice. The seminars are offered monthly for prospective patients, the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our superstar surgeon, Dr. Robert Williams attends each meeting to answer questions, and help you understand if bariatric surgery is right for you.
For those who would like to learn about our program from the comfort of a home, we also offer online seminars as well. These can be completed from any computer and from anywhere. To register, please visit this link or call our New Life office at (865) 694-9676.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. New Life is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.