The BSA Bariatric department is committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
BSA Health System is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for exceptional care and patient results in bariatrics. The BSA Bariatrics department is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
Highly-trained BSA Bariatric specialists are here to provide education and support to every patient through their weight loss journey.
Bariatric surgery is known to be one of the most effective and long-lasting treatments for obesity and many other health-related conditions including Type II diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obstructive sleep apnea.
Patients who qualify for bariatric surgery fall into one or more of the following categories:
BSA offers multiple options for bariatric surgery. Before your surgery consultation, please verify insurance coverage with your insurance provider.
Sleeve gastrectomy is performed by removing approximately 80% of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana. The pouch holds a considerably smaller volume than the normal stomach and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food that is consumed.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch is a procedure with two components. First, a smaller tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion of the stomach in a process very similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. Next a large portion of the small intestine is bypassed.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch Gastric Bypass:
Gastric bypass surgery creates a bypass for food to travel by first creating a small pouch in the stomach and connecting it to a small part of the small intestine. This reduces caloric and nutrient intake.
Bariatric Surgery helps you jump start your weight loss journey; however, maintaining weight loss and good health after surgery is determined by your commitment to making physical, mental and emotional changes. The BSA Bariatric team is here to help you every step of the way.
After surgery you will be given a detailed care plan with specific instructions from your physician, including dietary intake, meal plans, homecare, exercise and schedule of recommended follow up appointments. It is important to maintain long-term follow up appointments with your bariatric provider.
During recovery and as your weight loss journey continues, join us for our free weight loss support groups held on the third Monday of every month. Support groups are open to patients who have had surgery or are considering weight loss surgery. Each support group is led by a Licensed Professional Counselor who offers insight into psychological aspects of undergoing a weight loss journey. For more information, please call 806-212-4571.