The MUSC Bariatric Surgery program, which includes experienced mental health professionals, dietitians, nurses and physicians, is dedicated to helping patients safely realize weight loss success.
Dr. Thomas Karl Byrne and Dr. Rana Pullattrana answer questions about weight loss surgery. From who is a candidate for bariatric surgery to what you should expect after weight loss surgery, our MUSC Health bariatric surgeons provide an FAQ for prospective patients. Learn what makes MUSC Health different from other bariatric surgery programs and why you should choose MUSC Health.
If you are interested in learning more about our program, please register to attend our free information session. This event consists of a one-hour seminar held at MUSC at 4:00 p.m. on the THIRD TUESDAY of EVERY MONTH. You will have an opportunity to meet our bariatric surgeons and support team, learn about the procedures we perform, ask questions about risks and benefits of surgery and begin the process of qualifying for surgery. Anyone interested in pursuing bariatric surgery at MUSC must first attend an information session. If it's not possible to attend in person, you may watch an online version of the seminar (see below).
All attendees are invited to stay for our free Bariatric Surgery Support Group (5:30 to 7 p.m.) after the info session concludes.
Our next info session will be:
May 16th, 2017 at 4 p.m.
MUSC's Ashley River Tower, first floor auditorium
25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston, SC
2017 Info Session Dates:
January 17 May 16 September 19
February 21 June 20 October 17
March 21 July 18 November 21
April 18 August 15 December 19
Registration is required — call 843-792-1414 to register.
If you're unable to attend our info session in person, you may watch the following video about the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery. After viewing the video, please fill out the form below (link is below the video). You will then have the opportunity to print a packet of information to start your evaluation process for bariatric surgery. If you'd prefer, we can print the packet for you and mail it to you.
After viewing the video, please complete this form to begin the new patient evaluation process.
The Medical University of South Carolina's weight loss surgery program performs three primary weight loss operations for the treatment of obesity. We also perform revisions of previous procedures for complications or in some cases failure to lose weight or weight regain. The program currently offers the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch. Below is an brief overview of each of these procedures. You may also want to visit our frequently asked questions page.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch which is reconnected to the small intestine creating restriction and less absorption.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure, similar to a partial gastrectomy, removing part of the stomach and leaving a long thin tube-shaped (sleeve) stomach.
After a sleeve gastrectomy is created, the small intestine is divided and a connection is made near the bottom of the stomach, and near the end of the small intestine.
The intragastric balloon is a non-surgical procedure where two saline-filled balloons are placed temporarily in the stomach.
The MUSC Weight Management Center offers a wide range of non-surgical and research programs, for those individuals who decide that bariatric surgery is not for them.
We offer programs to serve the different needs of different people. However, all of our work with patients includes a strong emphasis on helping them to make the long-term lifestyle changes that are so important for success in the long run.
For families struggling to know if weight loss surgery is the right choice for their teen, we are here to help. Dr. Byrne has been performing surgery on teens since the late 1990s, and our team of specialists has been working with adolescent surgery patients for years.
Our team understands the struggle with excess weight and the associated health conditions like diabetes and sleep problems and the psychological and social effects that might prevent you from enjoying your life to the fullest. We know that the surgery itself is just part of your long term weight management plan, and we work with you balance out your support team with programs and services that complement surgery.
Learn more about our bariatric surgery program for teens.
MUSC believes in the team approach to your weight loss and maintenance journey. Our strong multidisciplinary team evaluates the patient before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery. This team delivers surgical, medical, nutritional, and psychological care, and looks at lifestyle changes following surgery.
Learn more about the bariatric surgery program team:
The first step on your journey to bariatric surgery is to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you. If it is, then there are steps that you need to complete on your journey. If bariatric surgery is not right for you, but you still are determined to lose weight, you can explore some of MUSC's non-surgical weight loss options offered by the Weight Management Center.
If you're ready to start the journey, sign up for one of our free informational seminars, or watch an online video about the surgery process.
MUSC’s program is recognized as a nationally accredited Comprehensive Program with Adolescent Program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.
MUSC Health's bariatric surgery program has been recognized for its expertise in delivering specialty care.
Blue Cross Blue Shield companies understand patients deserve peace of mind when making important healthcare decisions with your doctor. That's why they developed the Blue Distinction Centers recognition program to identify facilities with proven expertise in delivering specialty care.
They turned to the medical community for input on how to measure facility performance. Evaluation criteria are based on what impacts you and your care the most, including: The expertise of the medical team; The number of times the facility has performed the procedure; The facility's track record for procedure results.