Weight Loss Surgery

Morbid obesity is a debilitating disease that, by definition, threatens the well being of those suffering from it. Our multi-disciplinary weight loss surgery program at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) was created to help alleviate this problem—assisting patients in Acadiana to live a healthier life. If you take a close look at our surgical weight loss program, you will find that it is unique in its design and scope.

Our weight loss (bariatric) surgery program at LGMC is distinctive. We offer preoperative education as well as postoperative support for patients looking for healthy weight loss options. Not only will we guide you through the steps necessary to have bariatric surgery, but we also provide the necessary tools that are fundamental to your postoperative success for many years to come after undergoing weight loss surgery. Nutrition, exercise, behavior modification counseling and support groups, are among the resources offered to insure your success after weight loss surgery. Our goal is to offer you a personalized weight loss program that will help you succeed in reaching your goals.

The bariatric surgery department at LGMC was accredited as a metabolic and bariatric surgery and quality improvement program. This is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The Bariatric Surgery Department at LGMC believes that surgery is a tool, not a cure, to help patients lead a healthy life.

Lafayette General’s Bariatric Surgery Department performs laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedures. Along with the surgeons, Philip Gachassin, M.D. and Dennis Eschete, M.D., the bariatric support team includes a registered nurse, dietitian, patient advocate, behavior modification educator, licensed practical counselor and an exercise physiologist.

Free educational sessions are open to the public and held twice monthly in Lafayette General’s Owen Auditorium. For more information on a Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, see links below or call (337) 289-8484.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program

Lafayette General Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery program has developed a comprehensive weight loss program for people who want to lose weight, but for whom surgery is not a desire or option. The Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program is an ideal avenue for patients who may exceed the weight limit for surgery, do not have insurance to cover the cost of surgery or may just be interested in losing only 20 to 30 pounds. The program, underway since November 2012, helps people make realistic dietary changes under the continuous guidance of a physician, dietitian and support staff.
 
Benjamin Doga, M.D., oversees the program at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery, located at Lafayette General Surgical Hospital. Scheduled visits occur every Tuesday and include sessions with a dietitian, behavior modification educator and exercise physiologist. The goal is to help people safely lose weight and keep it off by learning new food choices and habits. It is essentially a lifestyle modification program that pursues the best course for each individual.

Participants can choose a three-month, six-month or one-year plan. Dr. Doga will evaluate patients to help determine their best options, which can include meal replacement and/or pharmaceuticals to help suppress appetite, and participants will receive constant support from professionals throughout the program. In addition, the support staff works with LGMC Wellness at the Townhouse fitness center for exercise and training regimens and routines.

For more information about the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program, call (337) 289-8484.

Download our Bariatric brochure for more information about our physicians and options.