Obesity is a disease that affects the human body in extremely cruel ways and is much more than merely a cosmetic concern. It can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, extreme joint pain, sleep apnea and even infertility. Patients who are overweight, experience any of these symptoms, and meet certain criteria may be able to improve their quality of life by undergoing bariatric surgery.  Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Weight Loss Surgery Center is the region’s most comprehensive surgical weight loss program.

Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries involve making changes to a patient’s digestive system to help a patient lose weight. Typically, patients desire bariatric surgery when diet and exercise haven’t worked or when serious health problems have developed.

PMC’s Board Certified Bariatric and General Surgeon Amy Johnson, MD, FACS, FASMBS performs Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Revisional Surgeries, and extensive pre-operative and post-operative procedures to increase long-term success after surgery.

Dr. Johnson’s experience, expertise, and compassion for her patients has certainly raised the bar for weight loss surgery in the region. Her primary goal in surgically treating morbid obesity is to eliminate or significantly improve medical problems.

“Surgical weight loss is much more than a cosmetic procedure,” explained Dr. Johnson.  “Although we want our patients to feel better about themselves, more importantly, we want them to be healthy.  The surgical weight loss options we provide at PMC can actually reverse many health problems caused by obesity.”

PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Center is accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  “Being an MBSAQIP Accredited Center requires an extremely high level of commitment from all facets of the multidisciplinary team,” said Dr. Amy Johnson. “We are very proud of this achievement and I am honored to work with a staff that is truly dedicated to the care of our patients.”

For more information about Bariatric Surgery, call 606-430-2205, visit www.pmcweightlosssurgery.com.


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Pikeville, KY 41501