Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence

Center of Excellence Seal
As more and more bariatric surgeries are performed each year, and as patients become more informed, it is very quickly realized that researching the surgeon is as important as researching the surgeon. Finding a quality facility that provides quality care is crucial with any surgery; however, this is especially true with bariatric surgeries. The post surgery needs of the bariatric patients differ from the post surgery needs of those receiving other operations. In 2004, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) established the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program to ensure consistent, quality bariatric surgery and care with a focus on safety. This program is independently monitored by the not-for-profit Surgical Review Corporation.

Centers are required to go through a rigorous application process that requires both the hospital and surgeon to meet 10 separate requirements as well as undergo a thorough site inspection. There are strict volume requirements as well; and surgeons must perform a minimum of 50 surgeries per year to even be considered as well as meet the lifetime requirement of 125 cases. Studies have shown that centers that perform these volumes have the least incidence of complications, re-operations and mortalities.

Only the very best centers will be able to complete this intensive process and doing so will signify their status as a top tier institution. Centers that achieve this classification have a better success rate, excellent facilities, and the most qualified surgeons. Having the distinction of American Society of Bariatric Surgery’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence seal, offers prospective patients the reassurance that both the surgeon and facility have been rigorously evaluated.
The ASBS BSCOE program has been a pioneer in the effort to evaluate and standardize quality bariatric care nationwide and has been recognized by industry leaders such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as many other prominent healthcare organizations and companies.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, you will find that those centers with the distinction of Center of Excellence have surgeons and staff dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and maintain world class standards of excellence.