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BAY SHORE, New York – Michael Wilson was hesitant in the days leading up to his bariatric surgery at South Shore University Hospital. At age 65, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, he knew surgery was a big step in improving his health.

“You have people who say you might not do that,” said Wilson of Selden. “Maybe you should try to do it the natural way, considering the diet on your own exercise or whatever.”

But the more he talked to his cardiologist, bariatric surgeon Dr. David Pechman, and the other doctors on his care team, the more he believed he had made the right decision.

“By the time I got my surgery day, I had so much support from my team,” Wilson said. “At that moment I was excited because I knew what the end result would be.”

Today, Wilson stopped taking blood pressure medication and has lost 53 pounds so far. Her cholesterol dropped, she had to buy new clothes.

“I feel great,” he said. “I have a lot of energy.”

He was not alone in his success story at SSUH. SSUH announced on Friday that its Bariatric Surgery Center has been accredited by the Metabolic և Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program, a joint quality program of the American College of Surgeons ընկերության American Metabolic Society. և Bariatric surgery.

According to MBSAQIP, the hospital receives the appointment “after meeting the basic criteria for staffing, education, infrastructure, care protocols, ensuring its ability to support obese patients.” Dr. Dominique Gadaleta, head of surgery at SSUH, said the hospital was merging with one of the country’s 800 hospitals, one of the 50 hospitals in the state that bear the name.

As an accredited center, SSUH provides patients with bariatric surgery with a multidisciplinary program that improves patient outcomes և long-term success, the institution said.
Pechman said that accreditation is necessary. Surgeries such as bariatrics are quite advanced and complex procedures.

“There is a real demand for excellent results, security measurements,” said Pechman. “It’s part of why we do everything we do ahead of time, why we have a special bariatric floor for patients. “Everyone involved is very adapted to any problem that may arise.”

Gadaleta, Pechman և Dr. Andrew Bates, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, first launched the process in July 2019.

In addition to reporting on case reviews, Gadaleta said staff were trained in MBSAQIP standards և safety և sensitivity training both inside and outside the operating room. They received a three-year review by an independent reviewer from the American College of Surgeons, Bariatric Union, to see if they met “quality standards.”

When the epidemic began, Gadaleta said that the operation was closed, that it “turned back the clock” to meet certain standards on a monthly basis. But when the operation resumed, ANAU began to meet its demands.

This April, South Shore underwent an eight-hour review by MBSAQIP. Eight weeks later they learned the good news. Gadaleta said it was the first time SSUH had received any bariatric accreditation, which was a huge achievement.

“Every aspect of the hospital (confirms) is convinced that the hospital has safe, quality care for all patients, not just patients who are undergoing weight loss surgery,” he said. “The standards are set for each department, other surgical departments, for the whole building, so it’s a really big problem.”

Bariatric surgery refers to surgical procedures, such as bypassing the stomach, that help with weight loss by making changes to the digestive system.

According to the CDC, more than 42% of US adults are obese.
Pechman said the surgery is most effective for adults with a body mass index of 35 or 40 because of how serious the problems with obesity can be.

“Whatever factors they have, it is very, very difficult, practically impossible to achieve a healthy weight without surgery,” said Pechman.

Gadaleta also said that SSUH is often found in patients with many problems, and therefore having an accredited program is a resource for the community.

“We see the most difficult patients, not only those with diabetes or sleep apnea, but also those with heart failure or kidney failure,” said Gadaleta. “So it could have happened, especially on the South Coast.”

According to a 2016 study by the Cleveland Clinic, patients who underwent bariatric surgery for mild to moderate type 2 diabetes retained their blood glucose և weight loss benefits for at least five years. Most patients who received non-surgical treatment, such as medication, were overweight at the end of the study.

“This is what we offer to his patients,” Pechman said. “Not only to be the healthiest next year, but in 30 years.”

Pechman said Wilson was the perfect candidate for surgery because of his health problems.
“It is important to note that surgeries are very, very safe, even for complex patients,” said Pechman. “High-risk patients have more benefits.”

Wilson told Patch that he was currently on a nutrition regimen, undergoing regular checkups with his nutritionist and cardiologist. Although he is still working to improve his sleep apnea, he is grateful for a whole new chapter in his life.

“I had to make that decision again, I would definitely do it,” he said.