Bariatric Surgery

University Bariatric Center

University Bariatric Center is a leader in bariatric services in Knoxville and East Tennessee. Our multidisciplinary approach puts the comprehensive resources of The University of Tennessee Medical Center to work for you. We incorporate the most innovative research and advanced weight loss surgical technologies, ensuring the highest level of patient care. 

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Bariatric Surgery Resources

Use these bariatric surgery resources to learn more about weight loss surgery, like laparoscopic gastric sleeve and laparoscopic gastric bypass.

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Am I A Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery? 

To be eligible for weight loss surgery, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You have tried diet programs and have failed
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 with other associated illness.

If you do qualify for bariatric surgery, you will undergo physical and emotional assessments, including visits with a psychologist and a surgeon, and undergo various tests to make sure you are an appropriate patient for weight loss surgery.

Types Of Bariatric Surgery

We perform two types of weight-loss surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

Also called a sleeve gastrectomy, the laparoscopic gastric sleeve is a restrictive bariatric surgery.


During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. This stomach is larger than the pouch created during gastric bypass. Sleeve gastrectomy patients experience weight loss and resolution of their comorbid conditions that is similar to a gastric bypass.

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.

Informational Seminar

Click here to register for an informational seminar with one of our bariatric surgeons.

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