UW Health Bariatric Program Designated Center of Excellence
UW Health Services
MADISON - The UW Health Bariatric Surgery Program, UW Hospital and Clinics, Meriter Hospital and UW bariatric surgeons Michael J. Garren, MD, and Guilherme M. Campos, MD, PhD, have been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS).
The ASBS acknowledges that bariatric surgery is a challenging field that demands sophisticated technical skills, meticulous care and rigorous follow-up that involves patients who are often serious anesthetic and surgical risks.
The ASBS leadership recognized the need to designate the centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals reach optimal levels of performance.
The mission of the ASBS certification program is to deliver optimal bariatric surgical care to patients with efficacy, efficiency, and safety. To earn a Center of Excellence designation, the UW Health Bariatric Surgery Program underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.
"We're pleased to have received this designation honoring the hard work our team and both UW Hospital and Clinics and Meriter Hospital have done since our program's inception," says Michael Garren, MD, UW Health bariatric surgeon. "We're hoping that being named a Center of Excellence will help us in our mission to educate the community about the health dangers associated with obesity."
Obesity is a complex, progressive, life-threatening, genetically-related, costly disease with multiple obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and joint problems.
Bariatric surgery may be considered for severely obese, motivated individuals who have failed at other attempts to lose weight. Severe obesity (or morbid obesity) is defined as someone being at least 100 pounds overweight and/or with a body mass index (BMI) above 40. People who are not quite as heavy but who have serious medical conditions may also be candidates.
UW Health's Bariatric Surgery Program offers laparoscopic gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding as means of helping severely obese people lose weight so that coexisting health problems can be diminished or eliminated.
The surgeons work with a team of multidisciplinary professionals in a dedicated facility helping patients with life-long weight loss goals from initial education through follow-up care.
Our team members include board-certified surgeons, health psychologists, nurse practitioners, registered dieticians, physical therapists and nurses as well as a health professional lead support group.
UW Health's Bariatric Surgery Program has also been a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Wisconsin Bariatric Surgery Center of Expertise since 2005.
Date Published: 08/05/2008