Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss in Birmingham, AL
Our weight loss program at Grandview Medical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program’s standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success, and that the accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.
To earn the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program designation, Grandview Medical Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.
Our weight loss surgery program is also recognized by private insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and OptumHealth. This recognition is due to the continued delivery of a comprehensive program that results in positive patient outcomes through high-quality bariatric care.
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What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is weight-loss surgery for people who are obese and their attempts at weight loss through exercise and dieting have not succeeded. Weight loss occurs rapidly because surgery reduces your stomach’s size. Two bariatric surgery methods are described below: Gastric Bypass Surgery and Gastric Sleeve Surgery.
Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
You may qualify as a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have a body mass index of 40+ (approximately 80-100 pounds overweight), or if your body mass index is 35+ and you have been diagnosed with diabetes or other serious obesity-related conditions such as heart disease or severe sleep apnea. Having obesity-related physical problems that significantly interfere with employment, physical mobility or social function may also make you a possible candidate for surgery.
Even if you meet the above criteria, you must also commit to making lifestyle changes which will ensure the success of your surgery. These include 1) making healthy diet and exercise habits a priority in your life, and 2) a long-term adherence to the guidelines and follow-up recommended by your surgeon. Most patients find participation in a post-operative support group beneficial.
Gastric bypass is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery. The stomach is stapled to form a pouch limiting the amount of food you can eat. This is bypassed to the small intestine, so there is less chance for food calories to be absorbed by the body.
This bariatric surgery removes 85% of the stomach so little food can be eaten.
Before and After Weight Loss Surgery
Schedule a Weight Loss Surgery Consultation in Birmingham, AL
The team of bariatric surgeons at Advanced Surgeons, P.C. are here to help you through each step of your weight loss journey. If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and think bariatric surgery could be right for you, call Advanced Surgeons, P.C. today to schedule your weight loss consultation in Birmingham, AL. Our surgeons have years of experience helping patients achieve their weight loss goals, and we can help you, too! Get started today by calling (205) 595-8985.