For more information on a Bariatric Surgery Seminar,
see links below or call (337) 289-8484.
Morbid obesity is a debilitating disease that, by definition, threatens the well being of those suffering from it. Our multi-disciplinary weight loss surgery program at LGMC was created to help alleviate this problem—assisting patients in the Lafayette, Louisiana area to living a healthier life. If you take a close look at our surgical weight loss program, you will find that it is unique in its design and scope.
Our bariatric surgery program at Lafayette General Medical Center is distinctive. We offer preoperative education as well as postoperative support for patients looking for healthy weight loss options. Not only will we guide you through the steps necessary to have bariatric surgery, but we also provide the necessary tools that are fundamental to your postoperative success for many years to come after undergoing weight loss surgery. Nutrition, exercise, behavior modification counseling and support groups, are among the resources offered to insure your success after weight loss surgery. Our goal is to offer you a personalized weight loss program that will help you succeed in reaching your goals.
The bariatric surgery department at Lafayette General
Medical Center was designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®
(BSCOE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, as well as
the Surgical Review Corporation.
The BSCOE designation is awarded to both the surgeons,
Medical Director Philip Gachassin, M.D. and Dennis Eschete, M.D., and to
Lafayette General Medical Center for meeting the rigorous requirements of a
center of excellence. The
bariatric surgery department at LGMC believes that surgery is a tool, not a
cure, to help patients lead a healthy life.
The delivery of high-quality perioperative and long-term
follow-up care are among the many prerequisites. Additionally, the health care
facility must also have performed at least 125 bariatric surgical cases in the
preceding 12-month period. The BSCOE program is the world’s largest center of
excellence (COE) program for this specialty. The BSCOE designation helps
identify where patients can expect to receive safer and more effective surgical
Lafayette General’s Bariatric Surgery Department performs
laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and
laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedures. Along with the surgeons, the bariatric
support team includes a registered nurse, dietitian, patient advocate, behavior
modification educator, licensed practical counselor and an exercise
With the designation of Bariatric Surgery Center of
Excellence® the bariatric surgery program is now eligible for Medicare
Free educational sessions are open to the public and held
twice monthly in Lafayette General’s Owen Auditorium.
Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program
Lafayette General Medical Center’s
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence has developed a comprehensive
weight loss program for people that want to lose weight, but for whom surgery
is not a desire or option. The
program is an ideal avenue for patients who may exceed the weight limit for
surgery, do not have insurance to cover the cost of surgery or may just be
interested in losing only 20 to 30 pounds. The program, underway since November 2012, helps people make
realistic dietary changes under the continuous guidance of a physician,
dietician and support staff.
Doga, M.D., oversees the program at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery, located at
Lafayette General Surgical Hospital. Scheduled visits occur every Tuesday and include sessions with
a dietician, behavior modification educator and exercise physiologist. The goal is to help people safely lose
weight and keep it off by learning new food choices and habits. It is essentially a lifestyle
modification program that pursues the best course for each individual.
can choose a three-month, six-month or one-year plan. Dr. Doga will evaluate patients to help determine their best
options, which can include meal replacement and/or pharmaceuticals to help
suppress appetite, and participants will receive constant support from
professionals throughout the program.
In addition, the support staff works with LGMC Wellness at the Townhouse
fitness center for exercise and training regimens and routines.
For more information about the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program, call 289-8484.