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 utilize a holistic approach to care that addresses body,
mind and spirit wellness.
In addition to providing clinical expertise, we are committed to ensuring
our bariatric patients are comfortable by providing a dedicated bariatric
unit that includes the following:
- Private rooms
- Specialty beds
- Roomy chairs
- Proper-fitting hospital gowns
In keeping with our long-standing tradition, we incorporate our core values
of Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice into all that we do at St.
Work With Our Award-Winning 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 bariatric surgeons have performed more than 2,000 weight loss surgery
procedures at St. Joseph Hospital. Our team utilizes a multidisciplinary
approach to ensure successful, long-term weight loss. St. Joseph Hospital's
Bariatric Surgery Program team consists of the following professionals:
- Program Coordinator
- 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
percent long-term weight loss -- they simply are not a long-term cure
for morbid obesity. Bariatric surgery is the only proven long-term method
of weight loss for individuals approximately 100+ pounds overweight.
However, it 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 a lifestyle change in addition to surgery. The most successful
individuals are those who incorporate healthy eating habits and consistent
exercise into their new healthy lifestyle.
General Information About the Procedure
Surgeons with the St. Joseph Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program have been
specially trained by some of the most highly regarded physicians in the field.
Almost 100 percent 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.
The laparoscopic approach offers several benefits, including:
- Quicker healing time
- Less blood loss
- Less post-operative discomfort
The sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band are primarily restrictive
procedures that are performed using the minimally invasive laparoscopic
technique. Of these two procedures, the sleeve gastrectomy offers the
quickest weight loss and improvement of many diseases caused by obesity.
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery results in a new, smaller stomach, which restricts
the amount of food that can be eaten during meals. 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"
for weight-loss surgery.
Educate Yourself on This Life-changing Procedure!
The staff with the St. Joseph Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program are here
to answer all of your questions and help you determine if weight loss
surgery is right for you.
Click here to sign up for one of our informational seminars