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OSWEGO – Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and related conditions have a quality choice for treatment in a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality in the greater Central New York area.

Jeffrey Marco Desimone, MD, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at the Center for Weight Loss & Surgery at Oswego Health, announced today that its center for bariatric surgery has been awarded the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP ®), a joint quality program from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

MBSAQIP standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, ensure that metabolic and bariatric patients receive multidisciplinary medical care that improves patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP-accredited centers provide pre- and post-operative care specifically for obese patients.

“I am very proud of our team at Oswego Health,” said Desimone. “Weight loss is never easy and our comprehensive and personalized programs have proven effective. Receiving this prestigious award for a small community hospital speaks volumes for our staff’s commitment to patient care. “

The Center for Weight Loss & Surgery’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and the guidance of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The program is designed to continually review surgical data while further enhancing the structural and outcome literacy required to provide safe, effective, and high quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients.

To earn MBSAQIP accreditation, the Center for Weight Loss & Surgery met key criteria for staff, training, facility infrastructure, and patient care routes to ensure it could support obese patients. The center also participates in a national data register, which reports biannually on the quality of its surgical results and identifies opportunities for quality improvement. The MBSAQIP Standards, Optimal Resources for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, are published by ACS and ASMBS.

After applying for MBSAQIP accreditation, the centers undergo an extensive on-site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon who reviews the center’s structure, processes, and clinical outcome data. Centers that receive accreditation are assigned a level of designation based on the number of patients they care for annually, critical care skills, types of procedures offered, and care for patients under the age of 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that obesity affects approximately 93 million adults in the United States, and that number is rising. The disease of obesity increases the risk of morbidity and mortality due to the diseases and conditions commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgery has been shown to be effective in reducing comorbidities associated with obesity. * Together, the ACS and ASMBS have developed accreditation standards for metabolic and bariatric surgery to help patients with obesity identify centers that provide optimal patient care Offer .
* Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA. 2004; 292 (14): 1724-1737. DOI: 10.1001 / jama.292.14.1724.

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