The news is everywhere — in the papers, on television and in magazines — more and more Americans are severely overweight, putting them at high risk for serious health complications. In the United States, 34.9 percent of the population are obese.
The mantra of diet and exercise is also everywhere, but for many people, diet and exercise simply aren’t enough, and even the most diligent efforts may not be met with success. The fight against obesity isn’t just about being thinner — it’s about being healthier. Those who are obese are at a greater risk for diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Bariatric surgery is used to assist people in improving their health and quality of life by using surgical intervention for weight reduction. The three most common procedures are gastric bypass with Roux-en-Y, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric band. The gastric bypass reduces the amount that someone may eat by creating a small stomach while also decreasing the amount of caloric absorption by "bypassing" a part of the small intestine. The sleeve gastrectomy minimizes the stomach's capacity by approximately 85 percent, resulting in food volume restriction. The adjustable gastric band reduces the amount of food consumed through the placement of a "band" around the upper portion of the stomach.
What our patients are saying...
“Everything in the hospital from medical equipment to décor is brand new and state-of-the-art. The people there were absolutely wonderful, and the very best in their respective fields. I’m not exaggerating when I say that every single person that I met and worked with was terrific. I never wanted for a single thing, and they were ahead of me on everything. …they literally treated me like a treasured family member, and I will never forget them. They honestly expressed a true desire to know all about me and my life…it was so very comforting. …having my surgery there was one of the most positive experiences that I have ever had. I would recommend this hospital to anyone and everyone. You most assuredly won’t regret it.”
— actual patient testimony, name withheld by request
Not everyone who is overweight is a candidate for bariatric surgery. General criteria include one of the following and may vary by insurance carriers:
Take a moment to review these qualifications, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.