Eligibility for weight loss surgery in Nashville, Tennessee

Diet and exercise may not be enough to reach your weight loss goals. If so, a bariatric surgeon at one of TriStar Health's hospitals in Middle Tennessee can help you determine if surgery is an option for you. They will review your eligibility for bariatric surgery as well as the pros and cons of each procedure.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

We determine eligibility for bariatric surgery on an individual basis. In general, to undergo weight loss surgery, patients must:

  • Be unable to achieve or maintain a healthy weight through nonsurgical means
  • Have a body weight 100 pounds or more above the threshold considered optimal for your height
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with at least one of the following conditions:

Eligibility for specific bariatric procedures

In addition to the above prerequisites, specific surgeries have other requirements you must meet.

Eligibility for gastric balloon

Gastric balloon may be a weight loss option for adults with a BMI between 30 and 40. Before moving forward with surgery, patients may be asked to complete supervised weight loss plans, including diet, exercise and behavior modification programs.

If these efforts do not achieve maintainable weight loss, patients will be further evaluated for surgery. This will include things such as:

  • A physical evaluation
  • Checking for internal factors, such as stomach irritation or ulcers, which may interfere with surgery

Eligibility for vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy can be a good option for people who are either extremely overweight or whose medical condition rules out other types of surgery.

For people who are extremely overweight, vertical sleeve gastrectomy is normally performed in two parts. The second surgery is only planned once the patient’s weight has decreased enough to lower their surgical risk.

Eligibility for revision surgery

Revision surgery may be needed for many reasons. For example, a procedure may not achieve the desired weight loss, or it may cause adverse effects. However, eligibility for the procedure largely depends on the patient's diet and lifestyle habits after surgery.

For example, a patient may need gastric sleeve revision surgery if they are optimizing the usage of the sleeve as a tool but are experiencing weight gain or insufficient loss. Patients experiencing this because of factors such as swelling or the newness of the surgery (rather than reverting to poor eating habits) may be eligible for revision surgery.