There are different kinds of weight reduction surgery centers. For the purpose of this page, the focus is bariatric surgery centers and lap band clinics. Obesity surgery carries far greater risks than the average surgery. Since weight reduction surgery centers and lap band clinics are driven by profit, medical problems occur in selecting whether the person should have the gastric bypass or the lap band procedure. Problems occur during the actual surgical procedure. And problems occur in that critical window of time after the surgery by failing to properly follow up with complaints and side effects.
Scrutiny of contemporary weight loss surgery demands a need for organization, standards, and data on outcomes. The decision to recommend surgery for obese patients requires input from a variety of sources to evaluate the indications for operation. Hospitals and surgical care centers providing weight loss surgery must have certain commitment, organization, leadership, human resources, and physical resources to provide optimal care. The professionals must have the necessary training, skills, and experience.
The American College of Surgeons has developed a Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program to foster high-quality surgical care for patients who undergo bariatric surgery. The program describes the necessary physical resources, human resources, clinical standards, surgeon credentialing standards, data reporting standards, and verification/approvals processes required for the designation of American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Centers.
Outpatient surgery centers provide for the application and adjustment of laparoscopic gastric bands. Laparoscopic gastric bypass patients should be discharged in less than 24 hours. For those reasons the American College of Surgeons will recognize as Outpatient Bariatric Surgery Centers those facilities which implement stipulated standards, maintain physical and human resources, and document their outcomes.