Our Lady of the Lake Designated as Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
Our Lady of the Lake was recently named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) - the world’s largest center of excellence program for bariatric surgery. Our Lady of the Lake is one of only 431 facilities in the nation to be designated with this honor. This designation means that patients who choose to have their surgery at Our Lady of the Lake have selected a hospital with a proven track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
Hospitals and surgeons qualify for designation by participating in a rigorous evaluation process designed to document that there is a comprehensive program in place that meets established requirements for providing safe bariatric surgical care with excellent outcomes. The evaluation documents processes, equipment, supplies, training of surgeons and staff, the availability of consultant services and results.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 66 percent of all US adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage these conditions. Surgeons at Our Lady of the Lake currently perform about 200 bariatric surgeries per year. In addition, Our Lady of the Lake also holds free monthly seminars on the first Thursday of every month to learn more about weight loss surgery and frequent support group meetings for patients who have had weight loss surgery.