Oregon Bariatric Center
The Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart Medical Center offers a comprehensive program, both surgical and non-surgical, for adults who are morbidly obese.
Our bariatric team is committed to open communication with referring physicians, and our experts are available for telephone or e-mail consultations. The Oregon Bariatric Center's close affiliation with Sacred Heart means patients can access any follow-up care or treatment that may be necessary.
Surgical Weight Loss Program
When determining the ideal candidate for bariatric surgery, the bariatric center follows guidelines established by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery: Patients should be at least 100 pounds overweight, have a BMI of 40 or higher, and have no alcohol, drug or smoking problem. Patients with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 may be candidates if they have one or more co-morbidities (e.g., high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease).
Surgery for obesity falls into two categories:
- Restrictive procedures reduce the amount of calories or food ingested by limiting the stomach space available for the intake of food.
- Malabsorptive procedures reduce the absorption of food that has been consumed.
The surgeons at the bariatric center perform three types of bariatric procedures: