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 more information about our weight management clinic, please call (833) 296-8051.

Our bariatric clinic has served the Middle Tennessee community for more than 20 years and has performed more than 5,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures. Our approach to treatment combines evidence-based medicine with an individualized plan of care. We offer a wide array of options including weight loss classes with a dietician, medical weight loss programs and bariatric surgery treatment options.

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Weight loss management

Our medical weight-loss program provides treatment in a clinical setting with a licensed healthcare professional, such as a doctor, registered dietitian and/or a psychologist. These programs offer services such as nutrition and physical activity counseling and behavioral modification counseling.

The medical weight management of obesity may include:

  • Education and counseling with a Registered Dietitian
  • Development of an activity plan
  • Education and counseling with a Psychologist regarding behavior modification
  • Discussion of utilization of pharmacotherapy (weight-loss medications)

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All information provided by this website is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health care professional. No information provided in this site may be considered medical advice. The information may not be relevant for your individual situation and may be misinterpreted. HCA assumes no responsibility for how you use information obtained from this site. Before making any decisions regarding your health care, ask your personal physician.

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:

Sleeve gastrectomy

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.

Gastric bypass

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.

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)

Revision surgery

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

Intragastric balloon

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.

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Support on your weight loss journey

As a bariatric patient, you will receive ongoing support from our weight loss coaches. This includes:

  • Seminars about weight loss surgery options before you choose a procedure
  • Classes with dietitians and exercise physiologists
  • Education and counseling about diet, lifestyle changes and weight loss medication
  • Post-surgery classes about maintaining a healthy weight after surgery

TriStar Southern Hills Center for Surgical Weight Loss

The Surgical Weight Loss program at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center is designed to help patients achieve their goals for weight loss and improved health through a safe and effective treatment plan. Two types of bariatric surgery are performed in a modern surgical suite. Determining which procedure is right for each individual is a decision made with the patient’s goals and long-term results in mind. There are many factors that contribute to which surgery is the best choice and every patient is different. The ultimate decision will involve active discussion between the patient and the surgeon to help achieve one’s goals and satisfying results.