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Weight and diabetes

Weight-loss surgery

Am I a candidate?

A surgeon will help decide if surgery is right for you. Your insurance will also have requirements you must meet and we will help you understand what they are. Click here for more information about insurance coverage.

Do you have a BMI greater than 40, or a BMI greater than 35 with other health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes? What is my BMI?

  • Have you have already tried to lose weight without success?
  • Are you motivated to make lifestyle changes?

To be successful, we can help you change habits, eat healthy meals and be more active.

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Gastric sleeve

In a gastric sleeve (also known as sleeve gastrectomy), the surgeon removes up to 85 percent of the stomach. The stomach is changed to a “sleeve” shape, from the esophagus to the small intestine. It holds less food making you feel full faster.

Gastric bypass

In a gastric bypass, your surgeon separates part of your stomach and creates a small pouch, then attaches it to a part of your small intestine. The new pouch is about the size of a golf ball, whereas the stomach is usually about the size of a football. Like the other surgeries, it holds less food, making you feel full faster. Since food bypasses the stomach and upper part of the small intestine, you absorb fewer calories and nutrients.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding

Also called the Lap Band, this surgery uses tiny cuts and is one of the least invasive options for bariatric surgery. Surgeons use a laparoscope (a tool with a tiny camera) to place a band around the top of the stomach leaving a smaller pouch available for food. It holds less food, making your feel full faster. As the name suggests, the procedure can be adjusted or reversed.

Weight-loss balloon

The Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute offers the ORBERA gastric balloon. The procedure is simple. A soft balloon is placed in the stomach. Once placed, it is filled with saline to help limit the amount of food you eat. After six months, the balloon is removed, but the support for lifestyle change will continue for an another six months. » Click here for more information

Quality and accreditation

Accreditation is an expert, third-party endorsement of quality. If you're looking for the best place to get treatment, this is a great place to start.

Why accreditation matters
Accredited programs demonstrate high quality, which means you'll receive the right care for you. Our bariatric surgery program has received numerous awards for meeting the highest standard of care:

National Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The MBSAQIP Standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success.

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Designated member of the Blue Distinction Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery by BlueCross BlueShield for meeting quality selection criteria and cost of care selection criteria.

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Optum's Center of Excellence network for Bariatric Services.

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A provider of exceptional quality care by the Aetna Institutes of Quality.



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