Many people find themselves fighting an array of serious medical conditions brought about by obesity. The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery Department provides advanced procedures to help patients reclaim their lives and overcome the hurdles associated with excess weight. PMC Bariatric and General Surgeon, Amy Johnson, MD, helps patients understand surgical options that could change their lives.

The PMC Weight Loss Surgery Center is the area’s most comprehensive weight loss program. Dr. Johnson performs multiple procedures, including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy which are among the top two procedures with successful overall outcomes.

In both procedures, the overall size of the stomach itself is greatly reduced. In most cases, these surgeries result in more than just weight loss. Patients often experience improvements in other health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain and even infertility.

PMC utilizes state-of-the-art equipment for weight loss procedures including the da Vinci robotic surgical system. Dr. Johnson uses a minimally invasive approach that incorporates safety techniques in the operating room, and patients typically have a quick recovery.

Shortly after surgery, patients quite often find they could reduce their medication for diabetes and high blood pressure, and patients with obstructive sleep apnea can discontinue using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPap) device.

Patients receive pre and post-operative nutritional support, counseling, education, and psychological/behavioral support plus a tailored approach to reach and maintain their goals.
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