Vanderbilt Weight Loss Center / Surgical Weight Loss Program

Surgical Weight Loss Program

For some people, nutrition and lifestyle improvements alone may not be enough to achieve a healthy weight. Surgery may be a better and safer option to overcome the challenges of significant weight loss.

The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers advanced care to help you lose weight and improve your overall health. Our team works with you to develop a personalized care plan combining surgery, nutrition, exercise and psychological support. We work together to help you attain a healthy, vibrant life.

To be a candidate for surgery, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. If you have weight-related health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, a BMI of 35 may qualify
  • Understand the surgery and have realistic expectations about weight loss following surgery
  • Demonstrate a willingness to make lifelong changes in lifestyle, dietary habits and exercise

Surgical Weight Loss: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Highly skilled surgeons. All of our surgeons are certified in bariatric surgery, making them uniquely qualified to care for you. They use the most advanced laparoscopic surgical options for weight loss surgery, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
  • Collaborative, personalized care. Our surgeons work closely with bariatricians (doctors who treat obesity), nurses, dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists to create a tailored care plan that is right for you. We work with you to determine the best procedure based on your health, unique needs and personal preferences.
  • Advancing research and treatments. As part of an academic medical center, our team is continually exploring new and innovative approaches for weight loss. To help you achieve life-changing results, we provide you with access to the latest proven treatment options.
  • A supportive community. As a surgical weight loss patient at Vanderbilt, you have access to our in-person support groups and a private Facebook group. The Facebook group consists of a community of more than 1,500 patients from every stage of the surgical weight loss process. It serves as a safe haven of support for patients to share recipes, helpful advice, success stories, before and after photos and inspirational words. 
  • Long-term support. From your initial evaluation through post-operative appointments and follow-up support groups, our team is with you every step of the way. You’ll receive life-long guidance on lifestyle changes, nutrition education, exercise and medications for continued success.
  • Health and fitness facility access. You can join the Vanderbilt Dayani Center for Health & Wellness (a medical fitness facility) for a reduced membership fee. As a member, you have access to a variety of classes and specialists to help you exercise safely on your own.
  • Responsive team. We want to make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible. You can use our secure online portal, My Health at Vanderbilt, to contact your care team 24/7, schedule appointments, manage your medications and access your medical records.

Conditions We Treat

  • Obesity. Obesity is a chronic disease that increases your risk of serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, joint pain, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Obesity impacts a person through excess weight and weight-related health conditions. It is diagnosed by a measurement called the body mass index (BMI), a ratio of your height and weight. If you have a BMI of 30 or higher, you suffer from obesity and will benefit from treatment of this chronic disease. 

Treatments We Offer

After an initial evaluation with our team, our surgeons will work with you to decide the best treatment based on your health, individual needs and personal preferences.

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, your doctor makes a small pouch in your stomach and bypasses the first portion of the small intestine. You’ll feel a sense of fullness with this procedure. Additionally, you will experience a reduction in appetite and absorb fewer calories.
  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy. In this procedure, your surgeon removes a part of your stomach — reducing its size by 70 to 80 percent. You will experience a sense of fullness with less food, along with a reduced appetite.

Patient Stories

We are passionate about helping you transform your life and we walk alongside you every step of the way. Read how our patients are experiencing a new world of opportunities.

Patient Education

Body mass index (BMI) is a method of screening for a weight category using the ratio of your height to your weight. The result is used as an index of obesity. Calculate your BMI.

The following information can help you understand what to expect before, during and after your surgery.

Insurance Information

Before you decide on weight loss surgery, you should contact your insurance company to verify if weight loss surgery is covered by your policy and the dollar amount for your deductible. You should also verify whether Vanderbilt University Medical Center and our surgical weight loss surgeons are part of your insurance coverage.

When calling your insurance company, use the following codes for operative procedures:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (CPT 43644)
  • Sleeve gastrectomy (CPT 43775)

Locations

Vanderbilt Weight Loss Center
Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 22200
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 322-6000
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To arrange a consultation or make a referral for surgical weight loss, call (615) 322-6000.