Quality of Care for Weight Loss Patients
The Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center provides a complete range of medical and surgical treatment services for adults ranging from the overweight to the morbidly obese. Center physicians thoroughly evaluate each patient and provide the individualized care that is crucial to effective and long-lasting treatment success. This unique, comprehensive program addresses the medical, behavioral, nutritional, and, if necessary, the surgical and plastic surgical issues related to obesity.
Our program is accredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons. Please see the American College of Surgeons' website for more information.
Quality of Care Measures for Bariatric Surgery Patients at Cedars-Sinai
At the Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center, we follow our surgical volumes and outcomes closely because we want to continually improve. We are proud of how successful our program is because studies have demonstrated that physicians and hospitals that regularly perform a particular procedure tend to have better outcomes than those that perform the procedures less frequently.
The table below reflects data on patients who underwent gastric bypass or adjustable gastric band surgical procedures to treat obesity.*
To measure the quality of care given to patients having this procedure, the Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center monitors:
- The total number of procedures done
- The average length of stay (ALOS) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for patients having the procedure. This refers to the average number of days a patient stays at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after being admitted. The goal is to ensure that all patients are appropriately treated in the hospital for their respective conditions, and are not hospitalized longer than necessary. (The expected length of stay shown in the chart below is based on risk-adjusted data collected by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC).** The Cedars-Sinai average length of stay is shorter than expected.)
- Mortality, or the number of deaths that may have occurred due to the surgery
|Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center 2011 Data Compared to Other Hospitals||Cases||Average Length of Stay||% ICU Cases||Cases with 1 or More Complications||% Deaths|
- Sleeve gastrectomy, in which the surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, reshaping the stomach into a vertical "sleeve" about the size of a thin banana. The new smaller stomach holds less food and helps a person feel fuller faster. At Cedars-Sinai, this procedure typically requires a one to two day stay in the hospital.
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), in which the surgeon divides the upper portion of the stomach and creates a small pouch. This means the stomach can hold less food. The surgeon next attaches a section of the small intestine to the pouch so that the food eaten bypasses a portion of the small intestine. It mixes with digestive enzymes further down the digestive tract. As a result, a person is able to eat less and less of the food eaten is absorbed by the body. At Cedars-Sinai, a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure typically requires a one to two day stay in the hospital.
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, in which the surgeon inserts an inflatable silicone band around the upper stomach, tubing and an access port that sit just under the patient's skin. The band creates a new, smaller pouch in the stomach. This means the person can eat less. It also slows down the movement of food through the stomach into the intestines. This means that the person feels fuller sooner. The band can be adjusted by injecting or removing saline solution through the port and tubing into the band. During the first year following surgery, adjustments need to be made every month for the best results. At Cedars-Sinai, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery typically requires a one day stay in the hospital.
Results for Patients in the Cedars-Sinai Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program
The Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center followed 106 patients during their medically supervised weight loss program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2011. The average treatment duration was 11.3 months. Outcomes for these patients are presented below.
|Average Weight||249 pounds||220 pounds|
|Average Weight Loss||29 pounds|
|Average % of Body Weight Lost||11.2%|
|Average % of ***Excess Weight Lost||27.6%|
***This is the amount of weight lost as a percentage of the total weight loss required for an individual needed to reach their ideal body weight.