Bariatric Program

Significant weight loss can reduce your risk—and can even reverse issues that are adversely affecting your well-being. Bayhealth bariatric patients can experience positive, long-term outcomes including weight loss and the reduction or elimination of co-morbid conditions.

Excess weight hurts more than just your self-esteem. Patients who struggle with obesity face an increased risk for serious health problems, including:

  • Certain types of cancer
  • Depression
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Reproductive issues
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Urinary stress incontinence

Our Bariatric Program is Nationally Accredited and has Blue Distinction

Surgical Weight Loss Accreditation

Bayhealth’s Bariatric Program is nationally accredited as “comprehensive” under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware has also recognized Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus with a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. To receive a Blue Distinction for Bariatric Surgery designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band. It must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels. Also, only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally-established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+, which Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus received.*

Bariatric Blue Distinction

Our Specialists Help Improve Quality of Life

The bariatric specialists at Bayhealth help patients who have been battling severe weight problems for a long time. For many, obesity is a lifelong, progressive illness that threatens your health and can shorten your life span. Often feeling hopeless, our specialists provide solutions for patients that can improve overall health. The Bayhealth Bariatric Program offers individualized support to patients from the initial consultation all the way through post-surgery weight loss journeys.

What makes the Bayhealth Bariatric Program different from others, according to our patients, is the individualized attention that you receive from our highly trained specialists. We help patients navigate through the process to surgery and beyond—providing the tools and support for lifelong success.

Let us help you take charge of your weight—and your health.

Am I a candidate?

Weight loss surgery offers amazing outcomes for people who are battling serious weight problems, but it’s not for everyone. That’s why specialists at the Bayhealth Bariatric Program meet one-on-one with patients and carefully screen candidates to make sure a surgical procedure is appropriate. Some basic criteria to help you determine if you may be a candidate can be found here.

Watch a Free Seminar for More Information

Our team can help you understand the program steps involved with bariatric surgery. You can watch a free seminar and schedule an appointment to meet with our Bayhealth Bariatric Coordinator. Because each case is unique, the only real way to know if you might be a good candidate for bariatric surgery at Bayhealth is to come in for a consultation. We can evaluate your weight and health status, and even check your health plan to see if weight loss surgery might be covered by your insurance.

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