Memorial achieves metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation criteria

Today, Memorial celebrated meeting all criteria to achieve accreditation from the metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement program.

Patients seeking surgical treatment for obesity and its related conditions now have a high-quality choice for receiving care at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

To earn the accreditation, Memorial met benchmarks for staffing, training, facility infrastructure, and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. General Surgeon Scott Blackburn said, “We do the microscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy which is where we cut-off about 80 percent of the stomach and we change its morphology into like a tube. So, it limits the amount of stuff that patients can eat and it gets rid of the hormonal influence of the hormone that tells you you’re hungry.”

So far, over 250 patients have successfully received the procedure.

Categories: Health, Local News