Mercy Bariatric Center/Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Surgical Review Corporation. The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
According to a report released in 2007 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries has grown from 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 performed in 2005. Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.
According to the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgery has been recognized as the most effective treatment modality for obesity.
To earn a Center of Excellence designation Mercy Bariatric Center/Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa underwent a site inspection during which all aspects of the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected. All Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence, including Mercy Bariatric Center, agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, consider these facts from the ASMBS:
Only patients considered morbidly obese (having a body mass index greater than 40) or those with debilitating co-morbidities are candidates for bariatric surgery.
Surgical options are a last resort for morbidly obese patients.
Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix; surgery is most effective when paired with such lifestyle changes as diet and exercise. Patients are encouraged to deal with emotional and psychological issues that may have contributed to their condition.
According to the National Institute of Health, bariatric surgery is the only effective therapy for morbid obesity and its complications. A variety of surgical procedures can provide previously full remission of many co-morbidities, such as diabetes, asthma, cardiopulmonary failure, infertility and stress incontinence.
While complications are possible in any surgery, the rate of complications from surgery performed at a ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence are low.
About Mercy Bariatric Center If your weight is keeping you from the activities you love and the quality of life you desire, you may want to consider weight loss surgery.
The decision of weight loss surgery is important, and the team of Mercy Bariatric Center places your best interest first by providing you the education, counseling and personalized care needed to make the right decision for you.
Quality and safe care is best achieved through a comprehensive team approach. Mercy Bariatric Center works closely with Mercy Weight Management Clinic to offer:
Two options in weight loss surgery, gastric bypass and lap-banding
Mental health consultation
A dedicated support group
Follow-up care with a participants primary care physician before and after surgery
Inquiry into insurance and financial counseling.
For more information, please call: 641-428-6155 or 1-866-775-6155.
Getting Started Free seminars are sponsored by Mercy Bariatric Center with Dr. Stanley Hahn. To register, please call 641-428-6155.
Scheduled up-coming seminars:
Monday, March 19 - 6:00 p.m. at Mercy - Regency, 621 South Illinois Avenue, Mason City
Monday, April 16 - 6:00 p.m. at Mercy - Regency, 621 South Illinois Avenue, Mason City
Because these seminars at times can be canceled due to weather, attendance, etc. there is an important need to register.