Obesity is a complex disease that affects not only a person’s health but their quality of life as well. Individuals suffering from obesity are at an increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, sleep apnea, mental illness, body pain and difficulty with physical functioning.

For many patients suffering from obesity, bariatric surgery is an option to consider. This is particularly beneficial for those who have not been successful in achieving their weight loss goals through diet and exercise.

The Center for Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) offers hope to patients who are ready to reclaim their lives from obesity. The Center is Accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This accreditation demonstrates that the Center for Bariatric & Minimally Invasive Surgery provides quality bariatric care and produces excellent outcomes for patients.

The highly skilled and experienced bariatric team is led by board-certified PMC Bariatric and General Surgeon Amy Johnson, MD, FACS. Dr. Johnson has vast experience, expertise and compassion for her patients which has raised the bar for weight loss surgery in the region. In addition to demonstrating a high level of skill when performing traditional surgeries, Dr. Johnson has many years of experience performing robot-assisted surgery at Pikeville Medical Center. Her primary goal in surgically treating morbid obesity is to eliminate or significantly improve most medical problems affecting her patients.

“We offer several minimally invasive surgical options to treat obesity which often leads to improvement in other related health issues,” explained Dr. Johnson, “Bariatric surgery can be life-changing and gives patients a second chance at living a healthy and productive life.”

To learn more about bariatric surgery options at PMC or to request an appointment for an evaluation, call (606) 430-2207 or visit https://pmcweightlosssurgery.com.