Weight loss surgery in Nashville, Tennessee
At TriStar Health hospitals, our mission is to improve your quality of life and maximize your health. For some patients, we fulfill this mission through weight management programs and treatment for obesity. If you cannot lose weight through healthy diet and exercise, we can explore bariatric surgery as an option for weight management.
For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.
The surgeons, dietitians and lifestyle coaches at our bariatric clinic can help you change your life. However, surgery is not the first option we will discuss. We will start by exploring other ways to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Weight loss management
Dropping pounds and keeping them off is hard, but you do not have to take your weight loss journey alone. Our multidisciplinary team is here to help. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, you may benefit from our evidence-based weight management program.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Your BMI Score is:
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Our weight management program can help you maintain a healthy weight. We provide:
- Nutritional support
- Physical activity resources
- Behavioral modification counseling
Types of bariatric surgery
We offer several weight loss surgery options, with an emphasis on minimally invasive care. Types of bariatric surgery we perform include:
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)
A BPD/DS limits how much you can eat. The procedure involves two steps:
- A sleeve gastrectomy
- Connecting the intestine to the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine immediately beyond the stomach)
During gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into upper and lower pouches. Then, the small intestines are modified to connect to both stomach pouches.
Gastric bypass limits how much food you need to feel full. Also, the food you ingest will bypass some parts of the stomach and small intestine. This reduces the amount of calories you get from eating, and it causes gut hormones to release earlier - which will make you feel less hungry.
Adjustable gastric banding
Adjustable gastric banding, or "lap banding," involves placing a band around the upper part of the stomach. The band separates the stomach into a tiny upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. The band is then inflated, slowing the passage of food from the upper pouch into the lower pouch.
This procedure restricts the amount of food you can consume. The band can be adjusted to increase or decrease restriction.
An intragastric balloon is inserted orally, guided through your esophagus and placed directly into your stomach. This is an outpatient procedure that can be completed in approximately 20 minutes.
The balloon stays in place for six months. During this time, you will fill fuller faster. The reduced intake of food helps facilitate weight loss.
Revision surgery is a "corrective procedure." This means a bariatric surgeon may perform this type of operation to:
- Correct issues associated with weight loss surgery, such as a slipped gastric band or an enlarged stomach pouch
- Correct issues preventing weight loss, such as the intestines absorbing too many calories
- Correct medical complications resulting from surgery, such as bone loss or not absorbing vitamins and minerals correctly
A sleeve gastrectomy also limits the amount of food you can eat. However, unlike lap banding or a gastric bypass, most of the stomach is removed (approximately 80 percent). This achieves weight loss through reduced food intake and hormonal changes.
Support on your weight loss journey
As a bariatric patient, you will receive ongoing support from our weight loss coaches. This includes:
- Classes with dietitians and exercise physiologists
- Education and counseling about diet, lifestyle changes and weight loss medication
- Seminars about weight loss surgery options before you choose a procedure
- Post-surgery classes about maintaining a healthy weight after surgery