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:
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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.
Adjustable gastric banding is a surgical procedure that uses restriction to reduce calories. This procedure uses two medical devices that are implanted in the patient: a silicone band and an injection port. These are connected with tubing. Adjustable gastric banding creates a small pouch of stomach above the band. When the band is adjusted properly, the patient feels satisfied with less food. Adjustments to the band can be made during office visits using a needle to inject saline solution into the band through the port.
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.
Erin Cummins, MD, Baptist Surgical Director for Bariatric Surgery, appeared on NBC Affiliate WLBT to discuss weight loss surgical options. She is also featured in the video interview "Weight Loss Surgery: Your Questions Answered." See both videos in the player below. Also see patients sharing their stories of success.
Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center offers a free orientation program for those interested in learning more about bariatric surgery. The program is offered at our Jackson location on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. To reserve a place, call 601-973-1624.
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.
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.
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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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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