Weight-loss Surgery at TMC
You've tried everything else. Liquid diets. High protein / low carbs. Miracle herbal teas. Over-the-counter this and that. Sweating to everything. You've struggled and denied — again and again. Still the weight won't stay off. And with each passing diet, your life is getting shorter.
Now, it's possible to get minimally invasive bariatric surgery right here in Texoma, where you can also get the follow-up care and support so integral to success.
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Real Stories About Weight-Loss
A New Grandma Gets Healthy After Weight-Loss Surgery
After tipping the scales at 244 pounds, Pam Whitmire, vowed to get healthy when she learned that she was going to be a grandmother.
"I was always very active with my son when he was growing up," she says. "I wanted my grandsons to remember their ‘Mimi' running and playing with them, not just watching because she was too big."
It was that kind of motivation that made her an ideal patient for Ikram Kureshi, MD, a fellowship-trained weight loss surgeon at Texoma Medical Center.
"Pam also understood that surgery isn't a quick fix, but a tool that needs to be used properly," he says.
In August 2008, Ms. Whitmire had Lap-Band® surgery, in which a flexible tube was placed around her stomach to restrict the amount of food she could eat. She began losing weight steadily right after the procedure. What's more, she found that she could eat small amounts of most foods, and — surprisingly — many of her previous cravings had vanished.
So far, she's lost over 100 pounds, and her high blood pressure and sleep apnea have resolved. Best of all, she has no trouble keeping up with both of her grandsons!
Ms. Whitmire says that even though she continues to lose weight, she's already realized her fondest hopes. "I'm healthy, and I can play with my grandbabies," she says. "I've reached my most important goals."
Texoma Medical Center’s Weight-Loss Surgery Program Receives Accreditation from the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network
The weight-loss surgery program at Texoma Medical Center has been accredited as a Level 2-New Accredited Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Acceditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) . This designation means that Texoma Medical Center has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP.
This accediting boyd was created to extend established quality improvement practices to all disciplines of surgical care and provides confirmation that a bariatric surgery center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients. Accredited bariatric surgery centers provide not only the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of morbidly obese patients, but also the support and resources that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, from the prehospital phase through the postoperative care and treatment process.
There are three categories of accreditation for inpatient facilities (Level 1, 2, and 2-New) and two levels for outpatient surgical care facilities. Each category has specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of accreditation. Each hospital undergoes an onsite verification by experienced bariatric surgeons, who review the center's structure, process, and quality of data using the current American College of Surgery (ACS) Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program Manual as a guideline in conducting the survey. Because high-quality surgical care requires documentation using reliable measurements of outcomes, accredited bariatric surgery centers are required to report their bariatric surgery outcomes data either to the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) or the College's BSCN Database, using a Web-based data entry system.
In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. At the present time, weight-loss surgery provides the only effective, lasting relief from severe obesity. Therefore, the ACS believes it is of utmost importance to extend its quality initiatives to accrediting bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist the public in identifying those facilities that provide optimal surgical care for patients who undergo this surgical procedure.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 77,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
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