Specialized Care for Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric or weight loss surgery is one way to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is defined as any gastric (stomach-related) procedure with the purpose of reducing food intake and/or calorie absorption in order to treat morbid obesity.
Those who have had bariatric surgery at Our Lady of the Lake speak highly of our program's support groups, saying it is a key factor in their weight loss success. We believe in strength in numbers, and encourage that among our patients.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has received full accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric facility by the new Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
MBSAQIP accreditation signifies that Our Lady of the Lake has demonstrated a commitment to delivering the highest quality of care for bariatric surgery patients. To earn accreditation, the hospital met the essential criteria that ensure its ability to support a safe bariatric surgical care program and measure up to the institutional performance requirements outlined by the accreditation standards.
The MBSAQIP is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The program accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.
Types of Weight Loss Surgery:
Our specially trained weight loss surgeons perform these primary procedures:
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a relatively new procedure in which the surgeon removes as much as 60 percent of the stomach, so that its shape resembles a tube or "sleeve" and restricts food intake. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is usually done with the intention of performing another procedure, such as a gastric bypass, at a later time. The purpose of the two-stage approach is to make weight loss surgery safer for high-risk patients. Morbidly obese or high-risk patients are typically most appropriate for this surgery. Watch a vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure.
In the Roux-en-Y ("roo-in-why") gastric bypass procedure, part of the stomach is surgically stapled to create a small pouch, which is separated from the rest of the stomach and connected directly to the small intestine. Food enters the small stomach pouch then exits directly into the intestines, bypassing the normal caloric absorption process. Patients who undergo this surgery usually experience greater loss of excess weight than with other bariatric procedures.
Laparoscopic gastric banding is a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a hollow silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach that restricts the stomach's size and allows the patient to feel full after eating only a small amount of food. The band can be adjusted without additional surgery, allowing a great degree of control over meal size without affecting the absorption of nutrients.
Bariatric surgery is a serious procedure that requires a strong personal commitment, a skilled surgeon and a solid support team. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Your surgeon will discuss these risks and answer any questions you or your family may have.
If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, please call us the Surgeons Group of Baton Rouge at (225) 769-5656.