Reclaiming Your Life – ASMBS

Most bariatric surgery patients maintain weight loss

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) reports that “longitudinal studies find that most bariatric surgery patients maintain successful weight-loss long-term.”

Learn more about the misconception that people who have bariatric surgery usually regain their weight and other false assumptions on the ASMBS website.

Weight Loss Surgery Program now an accredited adolescent bariatric center

The Washington University Weight Loss Surgery Program is now accredited for adolescent bariatric surgery as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. It is the first accredited ASMBS center for adolescent bariatric surgery in St. Louis, and will offer bariatric surgery to qualifying patients 15 and older.

Accreditation by the ASMBS means that the surgical program meets the committee’s “best practice updates for pediatric/adolescent weight loss surgery.” The goal of adolescent bariatric surgery is prevention of early obesity and related mortality and morbidity from conditions that can accompanying obesity such as diabetes mellitus, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease. Among team members of an ASMBS-accredited weight loss center for adolescents are experienced bariatric surgeons, a pediatric specialist, registered dietitian, and mental health specialist. Review of long-term outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery is a criteria that must also be met.

J. Chris Eagon, MD, and Shaina Eckhouse, MD, perform gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy for adolescents in the Washington University Weight Loss Surgery Program.

Eckhouse Sparkman

(From left) Jayme Sparkman, ANP-BC, and Shaina Eckhouse, MD, apply an antiseptic to a bariatric patient’s stomach.

Surgery Annual Report 2018: Reducing Postsurgical Infections

Focus: Prevent surgical site infections
The benefits to the patient of reducing SSIs can mean decreased risk of readmission, reduced need for antibiotics, and a lower rate of emergency room admissions and further procedures,” says Shaina Eckhouse, MD, a Washington University weight-loss surgeon who led the safety effort.