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Programs and services : Weight-Loss Surgery
Sanford Weight-Loss Surgery
If you're 100 pounds or more overweight, and have been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight for years, weight-loss surgery provides comparatively fast results and gets you to a healthy body weight more quickly. In fact, most patients lose 50—80 percent of their excess weight in just the first year.
More than 2,000 successful weight-loss surgeries have been performed at Sanford Health, with patients collectively losing more than 200,000 pounds. This represents more surgeries being performed at Sanford Health than any other health care organization in the region.
Sanford Health's comprehensive weight-loss surgery program offers all three weight-loss surgery options: Roux-en Y gastric bypass, lap band and sleeve gastrectomy.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (MBSAQIP)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, together with Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, has designated certain facilities that meet stringent quality criteria, as established by medical experts and organizations, as Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery provide a full range of Bariatric surgical care services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, follow-up and patient education. Institutions that are part of the program measures of structure, process and outcomes of care, and are subject to periodic reevaluation. For a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program description or summary of the program requirements, go to www.bcbs.com/why-bcbs/blue-distinction/.
Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means that these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading medical societies' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at these or any other facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.