DURHAM, NC- The Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at Durham Regional Hospital has been redesignated as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE). The ASMBS BSCOE designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. The program has been continuously credentialed since 2006. The recertification process occurs every three years.
To earn BSCOE recertification, the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes and outcomes were closely examined.
Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 66 percent of all US adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
In fiscal year 2010, surgeons with the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery performed over 700 bariatric surgery procedures. The program offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding (Lap Band and Realize), duodenal switch, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional procedures at Durham Regional Hospital.
About American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to: pursue investigations in both the clinic and the laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance. For more information about ASMBS, go to ASMBS.org.
About Surgical Review Corporation
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, non-profit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care worldwide. To accelerate best practices development for the treatment of morbid obesity and its associated conditions, SRC launched center of excellence programs for bariatric surgery and developed the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database (BOLD). SRC has already designated nearly 650 surgeons as well as more than 350 hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities, and BOLD is now the world’s largest repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient data. For more information, visit surgicalreview.org.