Healthgrades is a leading independent healthcare ratings organization based out of Golden, Colorado. For the second year in a row, Healthgrades has ranked Sisters of Charity Hospital #1 in New York for bariatric surgery.
In all of the U.S., Sisters of Charity Hospital was ranked in the top five percent. Because of receiving this rating, the Sisters of Charity Hospital received the 2010/2011 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award from Healthgrades, and was one of only 48 hospitals in the nation to get this. The statistics for the hospital show that they had 43% less complications than other hospitals and that their hospital stays were shorter than those hospitals that were ranked average on the ratings list.
Dr. Joseph Caruana, who is Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Sisters of Charity Hospital, says that you have to have a full spectrum of services for the patients. This includes support for the patient before, during, and after surgery. He feels that the patients need to have a life long commitment to the process of losing weight, and he feels that the Sisters of Charity Hospital provides the services to compliment patients who are serious about weight loss.
Bariatric surgery is generally used for people who are severely overweight, which is roughly five percent of the U.S. population, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Bariatric Surgery Helps Improve Many Health Concerns
The majority of people who get some type of bariatric surgery done lose an average of one-third of their body weight, which can equal a lot of pounds. After surgery, many of the patients have tremendously improved their health issues.
Bariatric surgery can help a person with lowering their blood pressure, reversing diabetes, and even stop sleep apnea, just to name a few benefits of the surgery. Many patients also considerably lower the amount of medication they are taking. The weight loss is typically dramatic, over a relatively short period of time. Some people have lost over 80 pounds in less than a year, and almost all other health concerns start to abate right away.
Dr. Rick May of Healthgrades thinks that it’s important for patients to evaluate the hospitals they are considering. From 2006 to 2008, Healthgrades conducted the largest study of Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals. They looked at hospitals in 19 states and evaluated over 200,000 surgeries.
The study is available for anyone to read at healthgrades.com. It has statistics and charts to get a feel for where your state ranks in the U.S. as far as percentage of the population that is obese, gives ranges for the cost of surgeries (both laparoscopic and open procedures), average length of stay per state, rates of complications (as well as what kinds of complications), among other facts. It also tells how they ranked the hospitals using a star 1-5 system.
How Can You Find Out Where You Should Go For Weight Loss Surgery?
Visit healthgrades.com to see the Bariatric Surgery Trends in American Hospitals study to help you decide which hospital is best for you.