Choosing where to have weight loss surgery is an important decision. At the Columbia St. Mary's Bariatric Center, we are dedicated to helping severely overweight people live happier and healthier lives. As one of a few bariatric centers in southeastern Wisconsin, we take a personalized approach to care. During each visit, patients meet with their surgeon and members of our highly-trained staff; a model unique to the Columbia St. Mary's Bariatric Center. Our work has been commended by our patients and recognized with a number of designations over our 10-year history:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Center of Distinction for Bariatric Surgery
CIGNA 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center Designation
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
United Resource Network Center of Excellence
In order to meet the requirements, our program has met guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons. These designations are based on patient volume and safety and demonstrate to the public and the insurance industry the highest standard of patient care.
Obesity is a medical condition that is the result of many factors. Family influence, genetics, and cultural and psychological factors all play a role. Individuals suffering with obesity are at a greater risk for developing serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, sleep apnea and arthritis. Obesity can also contribute to low self-esteem and emotional problems. It may be difficult to socialize with others and to do many activities that others take for granted.
The Columbia St. Mary’s Bariatric team understands how difficult it is to lose weight through dieting and exercise programs. You've probably tried a variety of these programs over the years, with little or no success. It is important to know you haven't run out of options. Our Bariatric Center is one of a few centers in southeastern Wisconsin dedicated to helping severely overweight people.