Weight-loss surgery center celebrates fifth anniversary


More than 600 people have completed surgical weight loss programs through the Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart Medical Center since it opened in May 2006. The two surgeons who lead the program at the Oregon Bariatric Center are Colin MacColl, M.D. and Jessica Folek, M.D; both are highly experienced and well trained in the field of bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, LAP-BAND, and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 percent of adult Americans are obese, and about 68 percent are overweight or obese. In Lane County, there are as many as 80,000 people who could benefit from weight-loss surgery. 

As the result of practicing at a regional referral center, these surgeons are seeing patients from Douglas, Coos, Linn and Benton counties, in addition to patients from Lane County. In order to better serve patients in Douglas County, Sacred Heart recently opened a satellite bariatric clinic on Mercy Medical Center’s campus in Roseburg. Since May 24, Drs. MacColl and Folek have been traveling to the clinic to see bariatric patients. The phone number for the Roseburg clinic is 541-673-2006.

Drs. MacColl and Folek perform bariatric procedures laparoscopically at Sacred Heart Medical Center. In this technique, the surgeon places an instrument with an attached camera inside a small incision in the abdominal wall. The surgeon then uses surgical instruments to perform the procedure by watching what is happening on a computer monitor, rather than touching the organs with his or her hands. Laparoscopic surgery results in better cosmetic outcomes, a shorter hospital stay and overall lower complication rates.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the use of the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System, increasing access for patients who may not have qualified for this weight-loss surgery procedure in the past. The FDA approved the Lap-BAND for obese patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more obesity-related, co-morbid conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.

“LAP-BAND is an option we often consider for patients who have failed other weight-loss options, such as diet, exercise and behavior modification programs,” said Dr. MacColl, medical director at the Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart. “While it is highly effective, it is not a quick fix; patients who elect to have this surgery must also make the commitment to change their eating habits for the rest of their lives.”
The Oregon Bariatric Center has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. As a Center of Excellence, the Oregon Bariatric Center helps to promote safety and advocacy by offering comprehensive services to patients and performing data tracking and analysis. In becoming a Center of Excellence, the program has achieved some of the highest standards in the industry. This designation confirms the center’s comprehensive commitment to a high level of bariatric care.