According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adult Americans are obese, and 29.2% of Ohioans add to that increasing statistic. CDC pronounces that any person whose body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30.0% is considered obese. Obesity rates have increased over the last two decades and continue to rise at an alarming rate. Some individuals are obese due to poor nutritional choices and lack of physical activity, and others possibly from genetics or medical conditions, which hinder weight loss ability.
Fairfield Medical Center is committed to wellness and the fight against obesity in Fairfield and surrounding counties. Obesity can lead to many life-threatening diseases, including hypertension and diabetes. Fairfield Medical Center offers bariatric surgery to obese patients who possess a medical need, and also to those who have not been successful at weight loss after practicing proper nutrition and exercise.
Because it is important that each surgery has a successful outcome and improves patient’s quality of life, Fairfield Medical Center holds the bariatric program and team to the highest standards. A multidisciplinary team meets on a regular basis to ensure the bariatric program is developed in accordance with Center of Excellence criteria from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Following this criteria ensures the program meets the needs of each patient, as well as the healthcare team.
In addition to the multidisciplinary team, a core group meets and reviews each case on an individual basis prior to the day of surgery. Core team members include: chief medical officer, program coordinator, surgeon, anesthesiologist, psychologist, dietician and exercise physiologist. Every patient is different; this dynamic team meets to ensure that processes before, during and after surgery are personalized to each patient’s individual needs.
Fairfield Medical Center, in partnership with Dr. Tim Custer, offers three bariatric surgical procedures: lap band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery.
For a private phone consultation regarding bariatric surgery or other aspects of FMC’s new bariatric program, call Pam Dye, bariatric program coordinator, at (740) 689-4460.