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Bariatric Surgery

The digestive tract breaks down food so nutrients and calories can be absorbed and used by the body. The calories in food are then turned into energy. If you eat more than your body needs, the extra is stored as fat. As fat builds up, it can cause serious health problems.

Weight loss surgery changes how the body responds to food. During the surgery, the size of the stomach is reduced. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and leads to a feeling of fullness after a smaller amount of food. You and your surgeon will work together to determine the correct Bariatric Surgery plan for you.

Common Bariatric Procedures

Gastric Sleeve
This operation involves only your stomach. A small sleeve, or narrow pouch, is created and the rest of your stomach is removed.

Gastric Band
A band is placed around the top of the stomach. Less solid food can then be eaten at one time. Food passes through the band slowly, resulting in a longer feeling of fullness.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
This procedure bypasses most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. A small stomach pouch is created and the remainder of the stomach is stapled shut. The small intestine is then attached to the stomach pouch.

Gastric Balloon
A soft, saline or gas filled balloon is placed by an endoscope as a temporary alternative for weight loss for mild to moderately obese individuals.

Bariatric Support Group Meetings

Jackson Hospital offers a monthly Bariatric support group for those who have had Bariatric surgery and their support person. Studies have shown that attending support groups leads to better long-term weight loss. The Bariatric surgery support group will meet on the 2nd Monday of every month on the 11th floor of the Goode Medical Building on the Jackson Hospital campus from 5:30-6:30pm. See below for a list of 2019 support group dates.

April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9




Jackson Hospital is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This achievement recognizes an organization's dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Jackson Hospital has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to quality that has earned the confidence, respect, and trust of patients making a lifetime commitment to healthier living.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has awarded Jackson Hospital with Blue Distinction Center+ designation in Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery provide a full range of bariatric surgery care, including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education. These Centers have lower complication rates and fewer readmissions. To qualify as a Bariatric Surgery Blue Distinction Center, the facility must also be accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Only those facilities that meet nationally established, objective quality measures are considered for this important designation.