Bariatric Options for Healthy Weight Loss
Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, can be a life-saving treatment for individuals struggling with excess weight. But weight-loss surgery is not for everyone. Successful weight-loss surgery requires serious lifestyle changes and a commitment to a healthier you. The bariatric specialists at Saint Vincent Hospital are here to help you decide if this powerful treatment may be a good fit for your situation.
Who Qualifies for Weight-Loss Surgery?
Weight-loss surgery is for those who have tried to lose weight, but struggled with traditional methods. Individuals who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more may be candidates for surgery. If you have certain medical conditions, you may qualify with a BMI of 35 or more.
Not sure what your BMI is? This BMI Calculator can help you find yours.
A Lifelong Commitment
The Bariatric Medicine Program is not a “quick fix” for weight loss — there are many steps required to achieve success. For one, there is a lot of time involved, and a serious commitment to change is required. For individuals who undergo weight-loss surgery, the surgery itself is not the end of treatment. Time is needed for appointments with doctors, surgeons, nutrition education specialists and behavior medicine specialists both before and after surgery. A strict nutrition program will be necessary after surgery to maintain positive weight-loss results.
Nationally Accredited Bariatric Center
Saint Vincent Hospital has been accredited as a Level 1A facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation means that Saint Vincent Hospital has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program. We also have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recognized Saint Vincent Hospital and allows expanded Medicare coverage of bariatric surgery for beneficiaries of all ages who have been diagnosed with other health problems associated with obesity. Medicare coverage has been limited to procedures performed in facilities certified by the American College of Surgeons or the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.
Our bariatric medical weight-loss program combines treatments and techniques in nutrition, medicine, psychology and surgery to achieve weight loss and improve health. Weight-loss treatment is centered on making permanent eating and behavior changes in addition to surgical solutions. Here’s how you can get started on this next step in your weight-loss journey:
- Meet with a Bariatric Internist for a consult. A complete physical by your primary care provider is needed within six months of this visit.
- Attend individual meetings and group sessions with a Nutrition Education Specialist.
- Meet with a psychologist for an initial assessment; attend a six-week class, with others, on learning new behaviors; and schedule regular follow-ups. Additional appointments may be required.
- Achieve lifestyle changes, including required weight loss, and attend all scheduled appointments. Doing so will demonstrate that you’re committed to long-term changes.
- Connect with a weight loss specialist today