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Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

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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 find themselves 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.