More than 150,000 people in the United States undergo bariatric surgery each year. Although frequently called weight loss surgery, recent studies have shown that bariatric surgery can lead to numerous health benefits besides weight loss.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery refers to a variety of surgical procedures that serve to reduce the size of the stomach, thereby encouraging weight loss. To qualify, a candidate must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI between 35 and 40 and significant co-morbid conditions.
In addition to having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI between 35 and 40 and significant co-morbid conditions, a candidate must show that they have tried other methods of losing weight and that they are ready to commit to long-term post-operative care and significant adjustments to their diet.
General and Gastrointestinal Surgical Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The BWH Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery provides comprehensive diagnosis, management, and follow-up of surgical disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and affiliated disorders. Services include diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy; surgical and non-surgical treatment of gallstones and other biliary, pancreatic, and liver disorders; management of inflammatory bowel disease, including ileoanal anastomosis; treatment of benign and malignant surgical diseases of the endocrine system, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, anus, and rectum; and hernias. Therapeutic endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures are also performed.
Patient- and Family-focused Care
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has long been committed to not only the care of our patients, but also the many other needs that they and their families have. This philosophy of patient- and family-focused care – involving systems and services that emphasize healing in a comfortable, relaxed environment – is a guiding force behind the care we provide at the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery.
Quality of Patient Care
BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and follow established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients’ to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and areas for improvement. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we are measured compared with other hospitals.
Brigham and Women’s Bariatric Surgery Team
The BWH Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery team, one of the most experienced in New England, features surgeons, dietitians, physician assistants, psychologists, and nurses who specialize in caring for weight loss surgery patients. They also collaborate closely with other departments within the hospital to provide comprehensive preoperative, surgical, and postoperative care.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our bariatric surgery experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs or fill out an online appointment request form.