Obesity is a disease
More than 72 million Americans suffer from obesity. In Wyoming, 37 percent of adults are classified as overweight and 28 percent of adults are obese. Obesity is caused by a variety of environmental, genetic and metabolic factors.
Obesity increases the risks of severe illness and death because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it — such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic and bariatric procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of conditions related to severe obesity.
Wyoming patients seeking treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions can choose a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care. Wyoming Medical Center’s program is the only such program in the state to earn accreditation.
Obesity Signs and Symptoms
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Acid reflux or other gastrointestinal disorders
- Heart disease
- Depression and low self-esteem
Comprehensive Bariatric Center
WMC has been accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center 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).
“I am proud to say that we are now the only accredited center for bariatric surgery in the entire state of Wyoming,” said Kevin Helling, M.D., medical director of bariatric surgery. “Our presence as a regional referral center for bariatric surgery and other specialty services continues to grow. That is only possible because of the excellent effort put in by our excellent medical staff.”
The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.
Surgical and non-surgical options
Wyoming Medical Center is proud to deliver big city bariatric care close to home. Our Comprehensive Bariatric Center offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures.
Like all weight-loss plans, surgeries and procedures, these are tools to help you pursue a healthier lifestyle. A commitment to healthy diet and exercise habits are required for long-term success.