Our Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Procedures
MUSC Health's Weight Loss Surgery Program performs three primary weight loss operations for the treatment of obesity. We offer the non-surgical intragastric balloon procedure for patients who meet criteria. We perform revisions of previous procedures for complications or in some cases failure to lose weight or weight regain. The program currently offers the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch. Below is an brief overview of each of these procedures.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch which is reconnected to the small intestine creating restriction and less absorption.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure, similar to a partial gastrectomy, removing part of the stomach and leaving a long thin tube-shaped (sleeve) stomach.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)
After a sleeve gastrectomy is created, the small intestine is divided and a connection is made near the bottom of the stomach, and near the end of the small intestine.
The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure where two saline-filled balloons are placed temporarily in the stomach.
Non-Surgical Options : Weight Management Center
Across campus, the MUSC Weight Management Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and research programs, for those individuals who decide that bariatric surgery is not for them.
For families struggling to know if weight loss surgery is the right choice for your teen, we are here to help. We have been performing surgery on teens since the late 1990s, and our team of specialists has been working with adolescent surgery patients for years.
Our team understands the struggle with excess weight and the associated health conditions like diabetes and sleep problems and the psychological and social effects that might prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest. We know that the surgery itself is just part of your long term weight management plan, and we work with you balance out your support team with programs and services that complement surgery.
MUSC believes in the team approach to your weight loss and maintenance journey. Our strong interdisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery. This team delivers surgical, medical, nutritional, and psychological care, and looks at lifestyle changes following surgery.
The first step on your journey to bariatric surgery is to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you. If it is, then there are steps that you need to complete on your journey. If bariatric surgery is not right for you, but you still are determined to lose weight, you can explore some of MUSC's non-surgical weight loss options offered by the Weight Management Center.
For more information about bariatric surgery, please review the whiteboard videos from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Awards & Distinctions
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)
MUSC’s program is recognized as a nationally accredited Comprehensive Program with Adolescent Program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.
Proud to Be a Blue Distinction Center
MUSC Health's bariatric surgery program has been recognized for its expertise in delivering specialty care.
Blue Cross Blue Shield companies understand patients deserve peace of mind when making important healthcare decisions with your doctor. That's why they developed the Blue Distinction Centers recognition program to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.
They turned to the medical community for input on how to measure facility performance. Evaluation criteria are based on what impacts you and your care the most, including: The expertise of the medical team; The number of times the facility has performed the procedure; The facility's track record for procedure results.