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Baptist Health Louisville designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Baptist Health Louisville has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®.

The Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. All bariatric surgeries performed at Baptist Louisville are minimally-invasive, contributing to favorable outcomes.

Many patients have met their weight loss goals within six months to a year. 

To find out if you are a candidate for this outpatient, minimally invasive procedure, register to attend a free physician-led seminar. Check here for dates.

With these minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgeries, patients recover rapidly, with only tiny incisions and little pain. Patients see their quality of life improve, in addition to weight loss. Many also see improvement in health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint pain.

The Baptist Louisville Bariatric Center for weight-loss surgery is a joint effort between Baptist Hospital East and Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates. Bluegrass Bariatrics – surgeons Derek Weiss, MD and John Oldham Jr., MD – already held a Center of Excellence designation.

Through the Bariatric Center, Baptist Louisville is able to provide laparoscopic LAP-BAND® surgery and REALIZETM Personalized Banding; ROSE procedure, Gastric Bypass; Sleeve Gastrectomy and Greater Curvature Plication – procedures that can serve as an effective therapy for those who suffer with morbid obesity and its physical complications.

In addition, the program addresses the psychological and emotional side of healing.

A support group is held the third Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Education Center at Baptist Louisville.  To register for a group meeting, call the Baptist Health Information Center at (502) 897-8131 or e-mail

The Center of Excellence evaluation not only documents process – such as equipment, supplies, training of surgeons and staff and the availability of consultant services – but emphasizes results.

It’s the philosophy of the surgical group and the Baptist Louisville Bariatric Center that patients maintain the success they have achieved. Not only is it important for patients to stay accountable to their surgeon, they need ongoing nutritional education, social support through monthly support groups, emotional support, and opportunities to incorporate physical activity in to their everyday lives – all of which are offered through the program.

Obesity is one of America's most serious epidemics. More than two-thirds of U.S. citizens are overweight and the number is growing. Of even greater concern, more than 23 million Americans are morbidly obese, which means that they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, exceeding their ideal body weight by at least 100 pounds.

Kentucky is one of the “fattest” states, with an estimated 37 percent of its citizens overweight.

According to a report released in 2007 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries nationally has grown from 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 in 2005.

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About American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to: pursue investigations in both the clinic and the laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance. For more information about ASMBS, go to

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