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Surgical Weight Loss

Mountain States Health Alliance 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.

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Gastric Bypass

By creating a small pouch in the stomach where the esophagus comes into the stomach, people undergoing this procedure are limited in the amount they can eat at a meal. The small intestine is also redirected from the bottom of the stomach to the small pouch thus causing malabsorption. The Dumping Syndrome is a common side effect - the rerouting of the intestines limits the amount of sugary and fried foods a person can consume.

Please call 423-952-3700 or 800-888-5551 to pre-register for the Pre-Op Education Class after your first appointment with the surgeon.

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) 

Approximately 85 percent of the stomach is removed making the stomach a tube or sleeve. This procedure also limits the amount of food intake.

Gastric Sleeve surgery may be followed by gastric bypass surgery once the patient has lost a significant amount of weight and become healthier. This could be used as a "staged" approach to gastric bypass.

Please call 423-952-3700 or 800-888-5551 to pre-register for the Pre-Op Education Class after your first appointment with the surgeon.

For more inofmration on surgical weight loss (bariatric surgery), call 423-431-6559 or email Kim Jessee

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