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Baptist Bariatric Center


Baptist Health Corbin opened its Bariatric Program in London, Kentucky; the center is housed within the Baptist Primary of London building located off I-75 Exit 41 behind Shiloh's Landing.  


The Baptist Bariatric Program now performs the lap band procedure with plans to expand into more services in the future as needed.  Prospects will attend a seminar dedicated to educate potential patients of the lifestyle changes needed for this procedure.  Patients must undergo counseling with a Psychiatrist, Dietician, and Surgeon to fully understand the changes that will occur to the body.  


What is the process for Bariatric Surgery?


Lap Band is a type of Bariatric surgery that uses an adjustable band that fits around the upper part of the stomach.  The band divides the upper portion of the stomach into a small pouch, separating it from the lower larger portion of the stomach.  The banding limits food intake by causing you to feel full faster after eating.  There is no stapling or removal of the stomach, nor are the intestines redirected.


Small incisions are made into the abdomen laparoscopically.  The Lap-Band is placed around the top part of the stomach and held in place with sutures.  A port attached to the Lap-Band is placed around the top half of the stomach inside the abdominal wall.  The port's function is to inflate over time in order to speed up weight loss.  Surgery takes about an hour, sometimes with an overnight stay in the hospital, depending on recovery.


The port works with the injection of saline for the port to inflate.  As it inflates around the stomach, the passage to the lower part of the stomach is restricted, causing a feeling of fullness.  If the band feels too tight, visit your doctor to have him remove some of the fluid.


Typical Results:  Most patients experience a 50-60% loss of excess body weight within two years after having Lap-Band surgery.  Weight loss requires following a strict nutritional plan, which will likely include being on a liquid diet for the first few weeks.  Frequent follow-ups to the doctor for adjusting the Lap-Band are mandatory.  Patients generally require six to eight Lap-Band adjustments during the first 18 months following Lap-Band surgery.


What are the potential benefits and risks

of Bariatric Surgery?



There are many benefits to obtaining a healthy weight.  With weight loss, many patients will have improvement, or resolution of high blood pressure, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or elevated cholesterol.  It is important to understand that weight loss should be gradual, sustained and accompanied by careful attention to proper nutrition and exercise.


Although Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) usually requires less operating time and is less invasive when compared to other weight loss surgeries, it is still major surgery.  With any surgery, there are potential complications.


Below is a partial list of complications patients must consider when thinking about proceeding with surgery.  These complications will be listed on an operative consent form and will be reviewed prior to surgery.


Possible Complications: 


  1. Cardiovascular Problems:  (especially with unidentified pre-existing heart disease): heart attack, stroke or death.


  1. Respiratory Problems: Pneumonia, inability to clear secretions from lungs, aspiration of stomach contents, need for respiratory support or possible tracheotomy, pulmonary embolus (blood clots traveling to the lungs).


  1. Wound Problems: infection in wound (<5%), hernia development (1% for laparoscopic).


  1. Circulation Problems: phlebitis in leg veins (blood clots in legs), pulmonary embolus (blood clots migrate to lungs).


  1. Injury to Nearby Organs: spleen-spleenectomy (<1%), significant liver bleeding (<1%), or increased risk of blood transfusion.


   6.  Numerous Other Less-Common Complications

        * Bleeding, Infection

        * Slippage of the band around the stomach as weight loss occurs

        * Heartburn or vomiting due to slippage

        * Leakage and/or deflation of the band or tubing

        * Stomach blockage or pouch enlargement




Dr. John Mobley is seeing patients at the Baptist Bariatric Center. Patients are seen initially at the Baptist Bariatric Center with the procedure being performed at Baptist Health Corbin as an outpatient procedure.


If you are interested in more information or attending a seminar contact the Baptist Bariatric Program at 606-231-8039 or 866-974-2425 or visit our home page and click on Hospital Events for the next Bariatric Seminar.   


* All percentages used are national averages.