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Houston Northwest Medical Center's Bariatric Program Rated Top 15% in the Nation by HealthGrades
Date:7/28/2009

y program at Houston Northwest Medical Center is a comprehensive program designed for patients suffering from morbid obesity who want to improve their health," says Dexter Turnquest, MD, co-medical director of the bariatric surgery program and bariatric surgeon on the medical staff at Houston Northwest Medical Center.

Other findings identified in the study include:

  • Bariatric surgery patients treated at five-star rated hospitals have, on average a 67 percent lower chance of experiencing serious complications compared to patients who receive treatment at poorly rated hospitals.
  • Patients had a three times higher risk of dying with a bariatric surgery if they had it performed at a one-star hospital versus a five-star hospital.
  • Patients having surgery at five-star hospitals spent, on average, more than half a day less in the hospital (2.15 days) compared to patients having surgery in one-star hospitals (2.72 days).
  • The number of inpatient procedures during the study years 2005 through 2007 showed no increase, but an increasing percentage of surgeries are being performed outpatient.
  • Laparospcopic bariatric surgery procedures account for 79% of all procedures, up from 54% in last year's study.
  • Of the 19 states studies, over 61% of all procedures were performed in five states: New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California and Florida.

"Because of the wide gap in quality outcomes we see in bariatric surgery centers in the United States, we recommend that every patient contemplating this life-changing surgery do their homework and research the quality of the centers at which they are thinking about having surgery," said Rick May, MD, a senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a co-author of the study. "The hospitals designated as five-star recipients have put processes in place to achieve this exceptional q
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