The team at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville knows that bariatric surgery is not a quick-fix surgery. It helps you lose weight but it also calls for your commitment to lifestyle changes. 

Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss

Over a decade ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), published a report that individuals who are severely obese are resistant to maintaining weight loss through conventional methods (i.e. diet and exercise). The NIH recognized that bariatric/weight loss surgery is the only effective treatment for people suffering from severe obesity.

How Bariatric Surgery Can Help

When done right and with your commitment to lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can be an effective tool for achieving weight loss and in improving or resolving many obesity-related conditions like diabetes and sleep apnea.

There are two ways on how bariatric surgery can help you achieve weight loss. One is by changing the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract and two, by changing different physiologic changes that affect energy balance and fat metabolism.

Qualifications for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. General qualifications for this surgery in most areas include:

  • A BMI of 40 and above or being 100 lbs overweight
  • A BMI of 35 or more and having at least one obesity-related comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea
  • And, Failure to achieve healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time through past weight loss efforts

Make an Informed Decision 

Undergoing bariatric surgery is a major decision to make. It’s critical to understand ALL your weight loss surgery options BEFORE signing up for a procedure. That’s why the FIRST step in your bariatric surgery journey at Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is to attend attending our FREE informative seminar or watch it online. The seminar will provide you with more information about bariatric surgery and can help you address whatever concerns you have about it.

You can attend this seminar in-person or online. You can check our list of scheduled live/in-person seminars and register for one here.

For those who can’t make it in person, our online seminar is a great option. Anyone with internet access can participate in it. You can register for our online seminar here. Once you have completed the seminar, please call our office at (865) 984-3413 to confirm that we have received your information.

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics. Foothills is affiliated with Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery located at Fort Sanders Regional Medical, a member of Covenant Health.