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Bariatric Surgery: Good for Life & Living

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Bariatric surgeon Dr. Jonathan Ray says most patients who come to Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons and Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery do so for health and happiness. “Often it’s ‘I’m tired of this’ — they want a life!” he said. “They want to get off all the […]

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No More Mr. Big Guy: Rocky Top Man Loses 400 Lbs.

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles John Dougherty was the big man in town. “There could be guys over 6 feet tall in the room, but I was always ‘the big guy’ because I weighed 625 pounds and was 5-foot-9. I wasn’t overweight – I was ‘under tall,” he said jokingly. “But I didn’t want to […]

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Bariatric Assessment

Bariatric surgery is a great tool for achieving weight loss. At Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville, we ensure that our patients meet the general criteria to be considered for bariatric screening evaluations. These criteria are based on the standards set by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. These include: a BMI of […]

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Fitting In: Bariatric Surgery Changes Woman’s Life

News From Fort Sanders Regional Medical It takes extra effort to go to the movies when you’re a 336-pound woman. Just ask Kerrie Merz.  Merz dealt with knee pain every step of the way from her car to the door of the theater. Then there was the challenge of fitting into a seat. “I would […]

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‘No Regrets’ Bariatric Patient Chooses Quality Over Quantity

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Rex Veach, a quality representative/engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, decided a lifetime of yo-yo dieting was enough. So he chose quality over quantity, turning to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons to lose excess pounds and control his voracious appetite. “I’ve been in […]

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