Bariatric Surgery Program

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Bariatric Surgery Program

Lose Weight with the Help of St. Joseph Hospital

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 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 the following:

  • Private Rooms
  • Specialty Beds
  • Roomy Chairs
  • Proper Fitting Hospital Gowns

In keeping with our longstanding tradition, we incorporate our core values of dignity, service, excellence, and justice in all that we do at St. Joseph Hospital.

Work with Our Awarded Bariatric Surgery Program

  • MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center
  • Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery from BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery

We Have Completed 2,000+ Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

Our three surgeons at St. Joseph Hospital have performed more than 2,000 weight loss surgery procedures. Our team utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to successful long-term weight loss using the expertise of a team that consists of the following professionals:

  • Surgeons
  • Program Coordinator
  • Psychiatrist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Physical Therapists
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Meditation / Spirituality Specialist
  • Acute-Care Surgical and Post-Op Staff
  • Surgical Office Personnel

Proven Long-Term Methods for Weight Loss

Typically, diet, exercise, and behavior modification result in only a 10% long-term weight loss--they are simply are not a long-term cure for morbid obesity. Bariatric surgery is the only proven long-term method of weight loss for individuals 100+ pounds overweight.

It, however, is important to remember that surgical weight loss is a tool and not a permanent cure. To be truly successful, long-term weight loss requires lifestyle change in addition to surgery. The most successful individuals we have seen incorporate healthy eating habits and consistent exercise into their new healthy lifestyle.

General Information About the Procedure

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, which 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 offer several benefits:

  • Quicker healing of tissue;
  • Less blood loss; and
  • Less post-operative discomfort.

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.

Per the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is the "gold standard" in weight-loss surgery.

Educate yourself on this life-changing procedure!

The staff at the St. Joseph Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program is here to answer all of your questions and to determine whether this type of weight loss surgery is right for you.

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