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 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. Joseph Hospital.

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:

  • Surgeons
  • Program Coordinator
  • Psychiatrist/Psychologist
  • 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