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Sioux Valley is Recognized for High-Quality Care in Bariatric Surgery

Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center and physicians Dr. Donald Graham and Dr. Peter O’Brien have been named an American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center and physicians Dr. Donald Graham and Dr. Peter O’Brien have been named an American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The three-year ASBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

According to a study released in July 2005 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of U.S. bariatric surgeries more than quadrupled between 1998 and 2002 – from 13,386 to 71,733. Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASBS Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well and to help surgeons and the hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.

To earn a Center of Excellence designation, Sioux Valley Hospital underwent a series of site inspections. During these inspections, all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and the data on health outcomes was collected.

Drs. Donald Graham and Peter O’Brien offer bariatric surgery, including both gastric bypass and lap-banding. Only patients considered morbidly obese (having a body mass index greater than 40) or those with debilitating co-morbidities are candidates for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is the only effective therapy for morbid obesity and its complications. A variety of surgical procedures can provide previously full remission of many co-morbidities, such as diabetes, asthma, cardiopulmonary failure, infertility and stress incontinence.