Many individuals believe their chances of ever leading a healthier, more active lifestyle are gone when diet and exercise programs haven't been successful in helping them achieve weight loss. However, Shawnee Mission Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program assists patients who are 100 pounds or more overweight in losing those dangerous — and sometimes life-threatening — extra pounds.
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, can provide successful, permanent weight reduction. Bariatric surgery, along with doctor recommended lifestyle changes, can help patients achieve the health goals important to them. Not only does bariatric surgery help patients achieve a more active lifestyle, it oftentimes provides improvement or resolution of a variety of illnesses associated with obesity — including diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, joint discomfort and more.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center's dedicated team of bariatric surgery professionals work each day to ensure patients receive the most comprehensive, compassionate care possible. As an accredited Bariatric Center of Excellence, we have proven that our stellar program produces patient outcomes that are better than the national averages.
Aetna has awarded Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Shawnee Mission Prairie Star Surgery Center for designation as Institutes of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facilities. Hospitals receiving this designation must meet specific criteria for clinical performance and overall value of the facility.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center and the Prairie Star Surgery Center will now be listed on DocFind®, Aetna’s online provider directory. Aetna is a national health insurance and related benefits provider. Reviews of designations are performed by Aetna every two years.
In addition, CIGNA has awarded SMMC designation as a CIGNA 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center. Among clinical excellence requirements to receive this designation, a Bariatric Center must also have Level One Full Approval from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) and/or Full Approval from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). Reviews of designations are performed by CIGNA every three years.
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