Ultimately, accreditation is a voluntary choice to be evaluated under various standards set forth by industry professionals and organizations. These agencies evaluate whether one’s skills are competent enough to receive accreditation and can safely and successfully perform surgeries for the general public. Accreditation can be given to an individual such as a surgeon, a hospital or a facility.
In terms of selecting a bariatric surgeon, look for the accreditations they hold as this typically shows their excellence in the field and their dedication to continuously providing successful results to their patients. These surgeons often adopt new forms of technologies and procedures into their practice which lead to continued post-op success for patients.
In the United States alone more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity with 93 million people deemed as obese. The comorbidities associated with being obese range from heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes and certain cancers. Bariatric surgery helps patients safely and securely loses weight and has been proven to show high remission rates in many of these afflictions. Bariatric surgeons who are accredited are dedicated to improving the health of the general public by performing successful and safe surgical procedures.
There are a handful of different accrediting agencies for surgeons and this article will explore some of the most popular ones.
The American Society for Metabolic and the Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) combined efforts with their respective accreditation programs into a single program that has a goal of providing one national standard for bariatric surgery surgeons and centers. This is known as the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
The standards of this program combine those of the existing two programs and focus on establishing a standard that allows for continued success and high-quality patient-centered care. Accreditation is great for continuous quality improvement.
The ACS was founded in 1913 with the goal of improving surgical care standards while the ASMBS was founded in 1983 to advance the science of bariatric surgery by improving the quality and safety of the care. Together, they bring a united front that helps to combine all of those goals into one cohesive front that improves the quality of bariatric surgery in the United States.
FACS after a surgeon’s name shows that they are a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons or the ACS. Surgeons may be accredited with this honor if their education is deemed acceptable. They are evaluated to determine if their standards of education and training establish a professional knowledge of standards and safety precautions needed to successfully perform bariatric surgical procedures. Ultimately these initials guarantee to potential patients that this surgeon knows the ins and outs of this type of surgery and can perform one safely and with success.
This accreditation provides five levels of accreditation to bariatric surgery centers across the United States and Canada. It works with high-volume centers to ensure they are providing the highest level of care and comprehensive healthcare services to bariatric surgery patients. This included high-risk patients. This accreditation focuses on more than just standard benchmarks, but also the continued support of quality improvement in patients in years to come. The ACS BSCN offers a helpful web-based platform that helps agencies track their progress and continued success. Those accredited are also recognized by the Joint Commission International (JCI) on their Quality Check website.
Ultimately with extensive research of these different accrediting agencies before choosing a surgeon, patients can ensure that their health is in good hands when enduring weight loss surgery.