The BSA Bariatric department is committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Recognized for Quality Care
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.
Support Every Step of the Way
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:
Unable to maintain a healthy weight with previous weight loss efforts
BMI is equal to or more than 40 or is more than 100 pounds overweight
BMI is more than 35 with one or more obesity-related health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis or heart disease
What Options do You Have?
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.
Creates rapid and significant weight loss
Requires no foreign objects and no re-routing of food movement through the body
Results in a short hospital stay
Causes favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch Gastric Bypass
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:
Allows patients to eventually eat close to normal meal portions
Is the most effective bariatric surgery option to battle diabetes
Requires strict adherence to dietary and vitamin supplement guidelines
Results in greater weight loss than other surgeries
Reduces the absorption of fat by 70 percent or more
Risk for complication and mortality is higher than with other surgeries
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.
May increase a patient’s energy
Produces significant long-term weight loss
Restricts the amount of food that can be consumed
Success after Surgery
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.