Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery





Bariatric surgery is a tool to help patients with extreme obesity reach their weight loss goal. It is highly effective for many patients to not only lose excess body weight but also to resolve obesity-related health problems.  All patients are required to meet certain criteria to quality for insurance and surgeon approval. To be considered for bariatric surgery, patients should have a body mass index (BMI) above 40.  A patient with a BMI of 35-40 can also quality if they have co-morbidities such as diabetes or hypertension.

Our TSC surgeons, Dr. George Lynch and Dr. James McDowell, are board certified bariatric surgeons and practice at The Metabolic Surgery Center at St. Thomas Midtown, a Center of Excellence facility.  Here patients are not only offered top notch surgical care but also have the full support of a bariatric team which consists of insurance specialists, nurses, dieticians, support groups, exercise physiologists, and free surgeon-led seminars. Choosing to have weight loss surgery is not a decision that should be taken lightly. It is very important to be well educated about surgical options and to understand the lifestyle changes that will be required both before and after surgery.

Dr. Lynch and Dr. McDowell offer their patients three different bariatric procedures. Each procedure is performed at St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville, Tennessee. No matter the choice of procedures, patients can feel confident that they are getting the best of care at St. Thomas Midtown. From the morning of surgery until discharge, patients are surrounded by a staff experienced with the special needs of the patients and their families.