The bariatric surgery center at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) has once again been re-accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The clinic, which is being re-accredited for its fourteenth consecutive year, sees over 500 new patients each year and over 5,000 patient visits annually, making it the highest volume center in Western New York.
According to the National Institutes of Health, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity in the United States, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.
“This re-accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing our patients with the most innovative weight loss surgery options along with focused, personalized care and comprehensive support services,” said Alan R. Posner, MD, FACS, director of bariatric surgery at Buffalo General Medical Center. “Our multidisciplinary team, including dieticians, counselors, surgeons, advanced practice providers and nurses support patients before, during, and after their procedures to maximize long-term success.”
The MBSAQIP® standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients have access to a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. BGMC offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for Western New York's severely obese patients.
To earn the MBSAQIP® designation, BGMC met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.