Why a Center of Excellence matters

Obesity and morbid obesity — where patients are more than 100 extra pounds overweight — has been increasing in our population for many years. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with many serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. For some, traditional methods of weight-loss do not result in lasting weight loss and improved health. Weight-loss surgery, may be an option to achieve this sustained weight loss and better health.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) evaluates bariatric (weight-loss) surgery centers and bariatric surgeons. This organization thoroughly inspects and evaluates weight- loss surgery programs through rigorous standards for clinical quality, favorable outcome data and program practices. By definition, surgeons and weight loss surgery programs with an ASMBS Center of Excellence designations practice top-quality care, ensuring efficacy with each patient.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Weight Loss Surgery Center has been named an ASMBS Center of Excellence. For more information talk to your doctor or schedule a weight loss surgery orientation session to learn more about this life changing procedure.

— Paul Dally, MD