Wednesday, March 15, 2023

AHN Wexford Hospital’s Bariatric Program Achieves Accreditation from American College of Surgeons, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute announced today its bariatric program at AHN Wexford Hospital has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint quality 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 surgery centers. AHN Wexford Hospital joins AHN West Penn Hospital and over 900 bariatric surgery centers across the U.S. and Canada with the designation. Each has undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical quality standards.

Based at West Penn Hospital, the AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute extended its program to patients at AHN’s newest full-service hospital last spring. Since then, patients living in communities north of Pittsburgh have had convenient access at AHN Wexford to one of the region’s most experienced clinical teams providing a range of advanced medical and surgical weight loss solutions.

“This achievement is a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment to providing the most advanced, highest quality care available,” said George Eid, MD, chair, AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “Their commitment has immeasurable impacts on our patients, many of whom are in need of and very much deserve lifesaving care that affords them the opportunity to live healthier, happier lives.”

Some innovative, minimally invasive surgical solutions for obesity and other metabolic diseases offered at AHN Wexford include laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic-sleeve gastrectomy. Certain patients may be candidates for an endoscopic bariatric procedure in which a small, flexible scope is inserted through the patient’s mouth and no incision is made. The endoscopic procedure aims to significantly reduce a patient’s stomach volume and/or alter other parts of the digestive tract.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 93 million adults in the U.S. are affected by obesity. Obesity is linked to more than 40 other diseases including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer, orthopedic injuries and infertility.

To learn more about the AHN Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, visit To schedule an appointment with a weight loss specialist at AHN, call (412) 235-5900.

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