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Bariatric Surgery at Johnson City Medical Center

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is surgical procedures done on the stomach and/or intestines in order to induce weight loss in the patient.

How can bariatric surgery help me?

When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, bariatric surgery may often act as an effective tool to provide you with long-term weight loss and help you increase your quality of health. Bariatric surgery has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Frequently, individuals who improve their weight find themselves taking less and less medications to treat obesity-related conditions.

Life Changed Stories:  Learn how bariatric surgery has helped change our patients’ lives. 

Johnson City Medical Center is pleased to offer two bariatric procedures:

  • Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass: A small pouch is formed from the top part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine is bypassed. This way weight loss is achieved in two ways: through restriction of the amount of food one can eat, and through decreased absorption of calories. Weight loss is usually rapid with most of the weight being lost in the first year. The procedure is performed through small incisions in the abdomen. Most patients go home after a 2-3 day stay in the hospital.
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that causes weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach to initially hold about three ounces. Seventy-five to 80 percent of the stomach is surgically removed; there is no re-routing of intestines. This procedure is performed through small incisions made in the abdomen.
  • Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery: Decreased blood loss, decreased postoperative pain and postoperative complications associated with wound infections and shorter recovery times.


Pre-Op Education Videos

Once you and your surgeon have decided that you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery, please call 833-8-BALLAD to pre-register for the Pre-Op Education and Nutrition class.

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass


Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy


Patient Education and Nutrition Guides

JCMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Surgeons-American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

For more information, please call 423-431-1992

Support Groups

Ballad Health recognizes that a support system is a vital part of weight loss surgery. Whether you are inquiring about weight loss surgery, recently had surgery or had it several years ago, our support groups are an important part of the weight loss surgery journey. Support groups are designed to help patients with the everyday situations they will face following surgery. Support groups are also a great opportunity for patients to come together and share their personal stories and find a common connection with others who have had weight loss surgery. To register for a support group please call 833-8-BALLAD.

Additional Resources


Bariatric Reference