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Bariatrics (The Weight Loss Program)

Achieving lasting lifestyle change

Obesity is a complex disease involving diet, physical activity level, heredity and cultural norms. Two-thirds of all Americans are overweight and more than one-third of U.S. Adults are obese.

Obesity can also lead to many life-threatening health problems, such as heart or lung disease, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, GERD, joint degeneration, hypertension, and many types of cancer. Bariatric surgery is known to be the most effective and long lasting treatment for morbid obesity.


Watch the two-part interview with Dr. Sanborn and patient Andrea Thompson.

You can achieve lasting lifestyle change with emotional, nutritional, medical, and surgical support during and after weight loss treatment at the Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center. Participants in our program are provided with the finest support from a multidisciplinary team including a board-certified surgeon and nurse practitioner, nurses, dietitians, psychotherapists and exercise physiologists.

  • Surgical Criteria for Bariatric Surgery
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater (CLICK HERE to calculate your BMI)
  • BMI of 35–40 with significant co-morbidities
  • Have failed non surgical weight loss attempts
  • No untreated endocrine cause of obesity
  • Absence of drug or alcohol problem
  • No uncontrolled psychological conditions
  • Dedicated to life-style change and follow-up

To achieve positive, life-long outcomes, the Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center offers a comprehensive obesity treatment program, supported through best clinical practices and demonstrated by a complication rate far below the national average.

We offer a full line of surgical services.

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Bariatric Surgical Revisions

In addition, we accept patients for follow up care who have had previous bariatric surgery.

Weight Loss is not the only potential benefit

  • Overall Quality of life is improved
  • Mortality is reduced

The following conditions are typically improved:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • GERD
  • Migraines
  • Urinary Stress Incontinence
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular risk
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Gout
  • Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Infertility Issues and Depression

Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, more than 200,000 people undergo bariatric surgery each year - making it one of the most commonly performed procedures
in the United States.

Surgical Risk/Complication Comparisons
Hysterectomy – 5%
Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Surgery -5%
Elective Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting {CABG} – 15%
Bariatric Surgery - 3%

Mortality Risk Comparisons
Hysterectomy - 0.1-0.6 %
Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal - 0.2-0.4%
Elective Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting {CABG} - 0.8-3%
Bariatric Surgery - 0.1-0.3%

Advancing age & increasing BMI can increase risk