Weight-Loss (Bariatric) Surgery
Diet and exercise may be the healthiest, least invasive way to lose weight, but for so many with life-threatening conditions associated with obesity, this approach has repeatedly fallen short. When traditional methods have failed, weight-loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, may be the only effective means to achieve permanent weight loss and improve health. Diseases found in the morbidly obese, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea are often eliminated in the process.
Our objective at St. Charles is to use weight-loss surgery as one among many tools in your long-term journey towards achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, especially after weight loss surgery.
A Comprehensive Approach
At St. Charles, our multidisciplinary team is committed to comprehensive care when it comes to surgical weight loss. We address each patient as a whole person embarking on a lifelong path, rather than simply a surgical weight loss case. We've partnered with expert local bariatric surgeons specializing in education, support and post-surgical rehabilitative exercise programs, as well as specialists in weight loss management.
St. Charles Bend has continued to meet the rigorous requirements to maintain an Accredited Bariatric Center designation. Our bariatric surgeons perform laparoscopic and open surgeries, including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Many insurance companies now cover these surgeries.
Is your body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or greater than 35 with additional conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure?
Stephen Archer, MD, Medical Director, Accredited Bariatric Center
Thuy Hughes, DO
Integrated Health Professionals
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Karen Campbell, PhD
Registered Dietitian, Luann Lehnertz, RD, LD, CDE
Nurse Navigator, Stacey Rice, RN, BSN, ACM
Our program includes additional services to provide an integrated health team for our bariatric and metabolic surgery patients including physical therapy, expert nursing, physician extenders and social workers to deliver the highest level of care.
St. Charles Heath System also
offers Bariatric Informational and Support Classes in Bend and Redmond, as well as other weight loss programs. To learn more about your options, call our bariatric nurse navigator at 541-706-4970.