Anytime a person faces a medical procedure, regardless of how minute the risk, the No. 1 question asked when having a weight loss operation, is, could this procedure kill me?
“The patient’s most important concern is, am I going to survive this operation,” says Ninh T. Nguyen, a professor of surgery and chief of the Gastrointestinal Surgery Division at the University of California Irvine health, Orange, Calif.
Dr. Nguyen co-investigated a study published last week in the newest issue of the Journal of The American College of Surgeons suggesting it was safer for patients to have a bariatric procedure at an accredited bariatric surgery center rather than a non-credited facility.
The 10-year study examined the outcomes of 775,040 bariatric surgical patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, which is the largest U.S. inpatient care database. The study revealed bariatric patients had fewer post-operative complications and were 2.3 times less likely to die in the hospital following a national movement pushing for accreditation of bariatric surgery centers.
“We found that death is very uncommon when the operation takes place at an accredited facility, meaning it has met rigorous standards for high-quality surgical care,” Dr. Nguyen says. “I suggest that patients considering a bariatric operation look for, and go to, an accredited bariatric center. “
The American College of Surgeons and our friends, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), who is hosting Obesity Week in Boston on Nov. 2-6 where MDnetSolutions will be exhibiting, combined their accreditation programs in March 9, 2012, creating a unified program. This collaboration produced the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Since its formation, more than 700 bariatric surgery centers in the United States are accredited or seeking accreditation through the MBSAQIP.
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According to Dr. Nguyen the only question a patient needs to ask is if the facility is credited by the MBSAQIP.
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