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Bariatric Surgery Program

St. Joseph Hospital supports your long-term physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual well-being, before, during and after bariatric surgery. Our philosophy is to treat you holistically - body, mind and spirit. In addition to providing clinical expertise, we are committed to the comfort of our bariatric patients, providing a dedicated bariatric unit that includes private rooms, specialty beds, roomy chairs and proper fitting hospital gowns. In keeping with our longstanding tradition, we incorporate our core values of Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice in all we do.

Bariatric Surgery Program Awards

  • Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence* - Click here to learn more
  • Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery from BlueCross BlueShield - Click here for more information
  • Cigna Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery
  • St. Joseph Hospital's overall awards & accolades - Click here

Our three surgeons at St. Joseph Hospital have performed more than 5,000 weight loss surgery procedures. Our team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to successful long-term weight loss using the expertise of the surgeons, program coordinator, psychiatrist, registered dietitian, physical therapists, exercise physiologist, meditation/spirituality specialist, acute-care surgical and post-op staff, and surgical office personnel.

Typically, diet, exercise and behavior modification result in only a 10 percent long-term weight loss and are not a long-term cure for morbid obesity. Bariatric surgery is the only proven long-term method of weight loss for individuals 100 or more pounds overweight. Surgical weight loss is a tool rather than a cure. Long-term weight loss requires lifestyle change in addition to surgery. The most successful individuals incorporate healthy eating habits and exercise into their new, healthy lifestyle.

Surgeons at the St. Joseph Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program have been trained by some of the foremost physicians in the field. Almost 100 % of our bariatric surgery procedures are performed using a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique. This involves making several small openings in the skin. Surgeons insert surgical instruments through the openings as well as a small camera to visualize the surgical area. these smaller incisions allow for quicker healing of tissue, less blood loss and less post-operative discomfort when compared to traditional open surgery. The American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health consider laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery to be the "gold standard" in weight-loss surgery. The Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure and Sleeve Gastrectomy are primarily restrictive procedures that are performed using the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique. The Adjustable Gastric Band restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold by placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach.

If you are considering a weight-loss surgery, you will want to educate yourself on these life-changing procedures. The staff at the St. Joseph Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program are here to answer all of your questions and to determine whether this type of surgery is right for you.

Click here to sign up for one of our informational seminars.

* Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is a registered trademark of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Used by permission of ASMBS. All rights reserved.