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Surgical Weight Loss Program

Has obesity created problems for you or a loved one?

The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Clinch Valley Medical Center helps people transform their lives and become healthy. Many people have tried diets, exercise and weight loss programs and still findthemselves unable to get control over their weight. The search for a solution that will help you lose weight and regain your health can be long and frustrating, but it is an important journey because it reinforces your commitment to change your life for the better.

At Clinch Valley Medical Center we are here to offer support and, if you and your doctor determine surgery is the right path for you, a range of surgical procedures that mean health and success are within your reach.

Every interaction you have with us will be focused on helping you become as healthy as you can be. Our entire team is committed to supporting you on your journey to permanent weight loss and a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a serious surgical procedure and requires an extreme change in lifestyle, eating and nutritional habits. Because of the lifelong commitment, the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Clinch Valley Medical Center requires an in-depth evaluation and screening prior to considering a candidate for weight loss surgery. This evaluation includes a thorough medical history and examination, as well as an evaluation of lifestyle and motivation.

Once you and your doctor have agreed that bariatric surgery is a good choice for you, there are several steps that will occur before surgery is scheduled. Some of these steps include: patient education classes, comprehensive blood testing, cardiology, pulmonary and gastroenterology evaluations (if needed) and appointments with dietitians who will assist you in achieving the mandatory preoperative weight loss.Most patients have surgery three to six months after their initial inquiry (depending on your specific health problems and your ability to meet preoperative goals). You must meet all criteria prior to receiving a surgery date.

Generally, patients who are good candidates for the Surgical Weight Loss Program are those who:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35 or greater with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, etc.
  • Have made unsuccessful attempts to lose weight and keep it off
  • Have a strong personal desire to lose weight and improve health
  • Fully understand and are prepared for the important changes that will result from surgery
  • Are 400 pounds or less
  • Are ambulatory (capable of walking/moving without assistance)


The benefits of weight loss surgery may include:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Improvement of Type II Diabetes
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Relief of sleep apnea
  • Relief of acid reflux
  • Decreased joint pain
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved mood and self-esteem

For more information, please call 276-596-6764.


There are three procedures we offer patients at the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Clinch Valley Medical Center:

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)

The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure in which two-thirds of the stomach is removed, which provides a decreased appetite and quickly feeling full. The remaining stomach looks like a long tube, hence the name sleeve, which restricts food intake by allowing only a small amount of food to be consumed at one time. Weight loss is achieved by both a reduction in stomach capacity and the production of the hormone ghrelin, which is associated with hunger and appetite. This procedure is also performed laparoscopically, which means less scarring, less pain and a faster healing time.This procedure works by restricting food intake without involving bypass of the intestinal track of a foreign object being placed around the stomach.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGBP)

A small stomach pouch is created which restricts food intake resulting in a sense of fullness following even small meals. Therefore, as gastric bypass implies, food is re-routed past most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. RYGBP achieves weight loss through both gastric restriction and malabsorption.


Come to Our Support Group

There is a Bariatric Support Group. Anyone who has had Bariatric Surgery or interested in learning more about it from those who have went through it are welcome to join.

Insurance and Referral Information


If you are a member of an HMO, it is necessary to have a referral from your primary care physician. Please check with your doctor's office to make sure your referral is received prior to your appointment. Also, please ask that your necessary medical records be sent to us prior to the day of your scheduled appointment.

Insurance and Billing

We participate in most insurance plans, HMOs and PPOs. We accept Medicare assignment. We will gladly file your insurance for you; however, we do request your por­tion (co-payment, deductible, or co-insurance) be paid at the time services are rendered. These payments may be made by cash, check or credit card.