Available Weight Loss Services

If you have been looking for options for weight loss, Knoxville has the center for you. University Bariatric Center's experts tailor a weight loss program that will meet your individual needs, which may include bariatric surgery; non-surgical medical weight loss options; and medically supervised meal replacement, exercise and lifestyle modification programs.*

Always check with your insurance company and human resources to find out if weight loss surgery is covered under insurance.

Medical Weight Loss

For patients that do not meet the criteria for surgery but require weight loss help, other non-sugrical weight loss options may be available. These include medications, meal replacements, and/or behavioral modification–all provided under medical supervision. You can receive help by registering to see one of our Knoxville medical weight loss specialists by calling 865.305.WELL (9355).


The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and its research expertise have ongoing research activities related to obesity and weight loss. If you choose, you may be a candidate to participate in one of the ongoing studies, such as new medications or weight loss regimens. The university maintains the highest academic standard and complies with all FDA and NIH research regulations.

Weight-Loss Surgery

For patients that meet the criteria for bariatric surgery, there are three minimally invasive procedures available: laparoscopic gastric sleeve, laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.



Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass. It inititially was performed as the first part of a two stage operation for patients with a BMI >60. Sleeve gastrectomy patients experience weight loss and resolution of their comorbid conditions that is similar to a gastric bypass. 


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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery


Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery is a minimally invasive bariatric surgical procedure. Surgeons make smaller incisions, so there is less pain, faster recovery time and fewer complications than traditional surgery. The surgeon sections off a portion of the stomach and re-routes part of the small intestine to empty the new, smaller section of the stomach. Typically, a patient returns home after two days in the hospital.


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As with any surgery, these bariatric surgery procedures carry risks and possible side effects, but the amount of weight loss can be significant and dramatic. If you meet the requirements, many health insurance providers will cover the cost of weight loss surgery.

*The HMR Program for Weight Management™ is affiliated with the University Bariatric Center.