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Bariatric Center of Excellence

The Bariatric Surgical Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has been providing safe and effective weight-loss options for more than a decade.

Obesity rates continue to rise nationwide. As the level of obesity increases, so does the risk of obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, elevated cholesterol, sleep apnea, depression, infertility, arthritis, certain cancers and many others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Overall, medical conditions are more difficult to treat, and the risk of dying from emergency situations or from other operations is higher,” says A. Joseph Cribbins, MD, medical director of the Bariatric Surgical Program at Texas Health Plano. “People who are morbidly obese have a statistically shorter lifespan; in fact, obesity is the
second leading cause of preventable death.”

Patients who are more than 80 to 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 are candidates for the surgery. Certain patients with a BMI between 35 and 40 with additional related health conditions are also considered candidates.

“Having surgery requires a commitment to after-care, healthy eating and exercise to achieve the maximum benefit,” says Dr. Cribbins. “Close follow-up with patients after the surgery helps ensure their longterm success.”

The Bariatric Surgery Program at Texas Health Plano has achieved recognition as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. This distinction assures patients that each person involved in their care has special interest and training in bariatrics, all equipment accommodates bariatric patients and
surgeons on the medical staff have significant experience with bariatric procedures.

Surgical options offered through the Bariatric Surgical Program include:

• laparoscopic adjustable band — LAP-BAND® and Realize® Band

• laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

• laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy

With the addition of a bariatric coordinator who guides each patient through the process, the Bariatric Surgical Program is adding an extra level of service to help patients achieve their weight-loss goals.

“A hospital-based program provides significant resources to assist each patient and the patient’s surgeon, in addition to nutritionists and many other dedicated specialists,” says Dr. Cribbins. “Achieving the Center of Excellence status speaks to Texas Health Plano’s long-term commitment to patient success before, during and long after weight-loss surgery.”

For more information about bariatric surgery at Texas Health Plano, call the bariatric coordinator
at 972-981-3861 or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

(Spring 2010)

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