Bariatric Surgery

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In certain cases, bariatric surgery offers the best option for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center offers bariatric surgical options for patients who meet clinical criteria that determines who stands to benefit most from surgery. Qualified candidates have:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater (about 100 pounds over ideal body weight), or BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a significant medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea, or reflux disease, that is made worse by obesity.
  • Made prior efforts to lose weight, such as diets, exercise, behavior modification or medications.
  • Understanding of the possible risks, benefits, and side effects of bariatric surgery.
  • No medical or psychiatric condition that would prohibit surgery.
  • Demonstrated commitment to change with realistic expectations after surgery.
  • No current addictive behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and/or drug abuse.

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Procedures Available at Baptist

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption to reduce calories. During the procedure, which takes an average of 75 minutes to perform, the surgeon creates a smaller, egg-sized stomach pouch, using about 5 percent of your stomach and separating off the rest. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. Having the smaller stomach causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food. At the same time, bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy restricts the amount of food than can be eaten by removing 85 percent of the stomach. The surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach — larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass — about the size of a banana. The idea is to preserve the functions of the stomach while severely reducing its volume and without bypassing the intestines or causing any gastrointestinal malabsorption.

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Free Orientation

Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center offers an online orientation program for those interested in learning more about bariatric surgery. Please call our office at 601-973-1624 regarding the online class.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

To help our patients, Baptist offers a FREE quarterly support group for people who have had bariatric surgery. The group meets the second Tuesday in January, April, July and October at 6:00 p.m. at the Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center in Medical Arts East, Suite 204. No registration is required to attend.

Bariatric Surgery at Baptist Medical Center

Accredited Program

Baptist Medical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center for bariatric surgery by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Although insurance coverage for bariatric surgery varies widely, many insurance plans include treatment only at accredited bariatric centers. To become accredited, a facility must undergo a rigorous process of evaluations to ensure their level of quality across safety, training, followup, and surgical volume standards.

Baptist Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited medical center with numerous awards for our quality of care, including HealthGrades™ America’s Top 100 for several surgical procedures. Learn more about our certifications and quality here.

Having Weight Loss Surgery at Baptist

If you would like to have weight loss surgery at Baptist, the first step is to sign up for one of our free consultation sessions. The program is offered at our Jackson location on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. To reserve a place, call 601-973-1624 or use the form below.

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Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions about weight loss surgery at Baptist, you can get more information from our staff at Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center. Nurses, dietitians and other professionals here can answer your questions and help you decide your next steps. They can respond to you via your preferred method: email or phone.

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