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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric (or weight loss surgery) is recognized by the National Institutes of Health as the only effective, long term treatment for severe obesity.

Premier Bariatric Surgeons Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. K. Robert Williams, Jr., offer self-pay outpatient Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy at the Premier Surgery Center in Knoxville, TN.

Self-pay Gastric Sleeve: $12,500

Includes the surgeon, facility, anesthesia, and BLIS insurance coverage for complications. Expanded BLIS coverage is available for an additional $500.

To get started on your weight loss surgery journey, complete the Bariatric Surgery Request Form.


Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (also known as the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) involves surgically removing 70-85% of the stomach, creating a small stomach sleeve or tube that is roughly the size and shape of a banana. By limiting the size of the stomach, the amount of food (and calories) you can consume is reduced. This procedure effects hormones in your gastrointestinal tract that control of hunger and diabetes.

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is for patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 who do not wish to have their intestine bypassed.

  • The amount of food you can consume is restricted, but the stomach still functions normally and most foods can be eaten in small amounts.
  • Appetite is reduced by removing the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”.
  • The intestines are not disconnected or bypassed.
  • Depending on their starting BMI, patients can expect to lose 50% of their excess body weight within a year.
  • The procedure is not reversible.
  • Greater potential for insufficient weight loss or weight regain because the procedure does not limit the types of food that can be eaten.
  • May increase GERD (reflux)
  • Procedure involves stomach stapling; and, although the risk is minimal, leaks and complications related to stapling can occur.

To get started on your weigh loss surgery journey, complete the Bariatric Surgery Request Form.