Bariatric surgery in middle Tennessee | Ascension
Stephen Rich, MD, Bariatric Surgeon at Ascension St. Thomas Nashville examines a female patient.

Weight-loss surgery in Tennessee

Bariatric care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas in Tennessee provide bariatric surgery and nutrition counseling for weight loss.
Bariatric surgery helps you lose weight by reducing the size of your stomach and changing how your body absorbs nutrients. Your appetite decreases and your stomach gets fuller with less food. Bariatric care teams at Ascension Saint Thomas provide specialty care for surgical and medically supervised weight loss. Talk with your doctor about your answers to these questions:
  • Does my current weight cause any other chronic health conditions?
  • Can I commit to documented weight-loss efforts required by my insurance plan?
  • Am I willing to re-evaluate my diet and exercise regimen to live a healthier life?

Weight-loss surgery can be a deeply personal, life-changing decision. Our doctors and nurses listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work with you to create a weight-loss plan that’s right for you.

What to expect at a bariatric surgery consultation

Weight-loss management is a step-by-step process. At Ascension Saint Thomas, we help guide and support you through every step of your journey. Our team of surgical weight-loss specialists includes a surgeon, nurse patient navigator, bariatric dietitian, exercise physiologist, and behavioral health support. We also have an insurance coordinator that explains insurance coverage and pre-approval requirements.

Our care team helps you to understand surgical and non-surgical treatment options and lifestyle changes. We care about your physical and emotional health. Get started on your weight-loss journey by watching a seminar.

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Types of bariatric surgery

At Ascension Saint Thomas, our bariatric surgeons specialize in the following procedures.

  • Bariatric support and education
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

We offer minimally invasive surgical options that may help shorten your recovery time. Our doctors and weight management care team are committed to helping you achieve your weight-loss goals.

Before and after weight-loss surgery

You will have a network of support before, during and after your weight-loss surgery. During your journey, you’ll have follow-up visits with your doctor and care team at a location near you. At Ascension Saint Thomas, we also offer bariatric support groups, exercise and fitness programs that fit your capabilities and nutrition counseling. Your success is important to us.

Patient stories about their bariatric surgery journey

Bariatric surgery has helped many people achieve their weight-loss goals. Here are real-life success stories from patients who have followed our program.

Weight-loss results may vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results.