Several medical insurance providers have awarded Endeavor Health® Weight Management’s Bariatric Surgery program at Elmhurst Hospital distinctions based on clinical quality and cost efficiency.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has designated Elmhurst Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, based on meeting nationally established criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality care, safely and effectively.
Cigna has designated Elmhurst Hospital as a Bariatric Center of Excellence, based on the hospital’s quality and affordability measures. Elmhurst Hospital earned the highest award of six stars.
United Health Care has designated Elmhurst Hospital as a Bariatric Center of Excellence based on clinical quality and cost effectiveness.
These designations are a testament to the quality of care provided every day and may give patients access to many weight loss services previously unavailable at Elmhurst Hospital, including surgery. At Elmhurst Hospital, board-certified bariatric surgeons Mark Choh, MD; Ryan Headley, MD and Wayne Yang, MD work with patients to determine whether surgery is the right option and, if so, which procedure ensures the least risk and most success.
The surgeries performed by Endeavor Health® Weight Management’s Bariatric Surgery program include:
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: The stomach is separated into two sections with a special stapling device, creating a small pouch on top. This pouch holds 1-2 ounces of food and becomes the new stomach.
- Vertical sleeve gastrectomy: During this procedure, the surgeon removes about 80 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten.
- Adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band): A saline-filled, adjustable band is placed around the stomach, dividing the stomach into a small pouch on top, which restricts food intake.
For more information about Endeavor Health® Weight Management’s Bariatric Surgery program, visit www.eehealth.org/services/endeavor-health-weight-management/bariatric-weight-loss.