Bariatric Surgery 

Our team at the Center for Bariatric Surgery is dedicated to assisting you through all stages of the program, from preoperative evaluation and nutrition counseling, through surgery, to the immediate postoperative recovery and extended after-care. For us, the over-riding emphasis is to help you attain your goals for losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the future.

How do I know if I am a candidate for weight loss surgery at Good Shepherd?

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you should:

  • Not have previously had bariatric surgery
  • Not have Medicaid as a primary insurance
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, be at least 100 pounds overweight, or more than twice your ideal weight; or have a BMI over 35 with a coexisting medical problem related to obesity (i.e., diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, or osteoarthritis)
  • Be able to demonstrate a serious past attempt to lose weight through exercise or programs
  • Have no major medical, physical, emotional or psychological problems that would significantly increase the risk of surgery
  • Be well-informed about the procedure you and your surgeon select as well as capable of participating in long-term follow-up and aftercare
Surgical candidacy depends on many factors and ultimately is at the discretion of the surgeon.

MBSAQIP Accreditation

In 2015, the Center for Bariatric Surgery earned the stamp of approval from one of the nation’s chief observers of weight loss surgery when it was recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint venture of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  In December of 2016, the accreditation was upgraded from a Low-Acuity Center to a Comprehensive Center due in part to an increase in the number of bariatric surgeries performed annually. 

Surgical Options

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: During the sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon removes roughly two-thirds of your stomach, leaving behind a banana-shaped sleeve. Even though this procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, it allows the stomach to function normally while decreasing the amount of food you can eat and hunger.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is designed to reduce the amount of food consumed and allow food to pass through to the intestine without being absorbed. A small stomach pouch is created that restricts food intake. This new stomach is then attached to the middle part of the small intestine, bypassing the lower stomach and portion of the small bowel.

For more information about surgical options, please call 903.315.4400.

Aftercare and Support

The center offers a comprehensive approach to the multitude of issues and hurdles you may confront in the immediate and extended timeframe after surgery. Through our on-going support groups, we offer you a chance to share your experiences and successes with other individuals, motivating all participants to improve their health by adopting a new and healthier lifestyle. We strive to provide the on-going education and support necessary for you to make sustained weight loss a reality.

Getting Started

The first step to bariatric surgery is participating in a free information seminar. The seminar is designed to introduce our surgical and medical team, review the most up-to-date surgical options, and discuss the benefits of a medically-based weight management program. These sessions will address many questions and concerns about bariatric surgery and help you decide which option is best for you.

For more information on bariatric surgery, 903.315.4400.