Weight Management - Bariatrics

Florida's Top-Ranked Center for Bariatric Surgery

The Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center in Pensacola is ranked among the top 10 percent of bariatric surgery programs in America.

Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center

Our bariatric surgery program is highly ranked for clinical excellence and consistent high-quality care by two independent healthcare-ratings organizations. Patients who have bariatric weight loss surgery at Ascension Sacred Heart have a lower risk of experiencing a complication during their hospital stay.

To learn more, call 850-416-7546 (toll-free 886-399-1487) or email shhbariatrics@shhpens.org.

The Ascension Surgical Weight Loss Center serves patients throughout our Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast region, as well as from national and international locations. The Center has experience in laparoscopic surgeries including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures.

Our weight loss surgery team is dedicated to guiding you on your individual journey to a healthier life.

Surgical Excellence and Experience 

The medical director of the Ascension Surgical Weight Loss Center is Jeffrey Lord, MD, a nationally -recognized, ASMBS bariatric surgery fellow specializing in minimally invasive bariatric surgery. His surgical experience is extensive. Since 1996, Dr. Lord has performed more than 3,200 gastric bypass surgeries, 250 gastric sleeve surgeries, 300 lap band surgeries, and 420 bariatric revision surgeries.

Dr. Lord provides comprehensive evaluations to determine individual candidacy for these life-changing procedures. He takes all the time you need to educate you and your support team about a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Before you decide where to have your surgery and before you decide on a surgeon, visit the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) website.

A Team Approach to Personalized Care

Our weight loss center team approach benefits our patients. The bariatric surgeon, a physician specializing in weight loss and weight management, the dietitian, psychologist, and associates with specialized knowledge address the needs of the whole person - body, mind and spirit.

Recognized for Quality

The Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center is an Accredited Comprehensive Center through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. We are also designated by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers provide a full range of bariatric surgical services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, follow-up and patient education. To achieve this designation, Blue Distinction Centers must demonstrate better outcomes, meet stringent quality criteria, and show consistency of care.

Our goal is to help those who have been diagnosed as clinically obese achieve significant weight loss and avoid serious diseases and conditions associated with obesity. Surgical weight loss is a life-changing procedure that can both increase longevity and improve quality of life.

Significant, Sustainable Weight Loss 

One of the most obvious benefits of surgery is significant, sustainable, rapid weight loss. Following surgery, most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so for 18 to 24 months. Approximately 75 percent of patients will lose and keep off 50-80 percent of their excess weight.

Overcoming Diabetes and Hypertension

Besides weight loss, one of the most important benefits of surgery is the improvement, and sometimes the resolution of, pre-existing medical conditions. Once patients begin to lose weight, they can usually cut down, or stop taking altogether, medications for Type II diabetes and high blood pressure.

Improving Quality of Life

Not only does physical health remarkably improve, but most of our patients significantly improve their energy level for daily exercise. They achieve a higher level of self-confidence. As you lose significant amounts of weight, you'll find that you have more energy. Body image, self-esteem, mood and energy level may improve dramatically.

Each year, we celebrate the success of our weight-loss surgery patients at our Annual Bariatric Fashion Show. Patients-turned-models show off their transformations in health and quality of life. To watch, click here: Sacred Heart Bariatric Fashion Show.

Begin Your Weight Loss Surgery Journey

To learn more about surgical weight loss at Ascension Sacred Heart, please watch this introductory video. After watching the video, complete and submit the short quiz and the Surgical Weight Loss Center will contact you to set up an appointment.

Read our FAQs about weight loss surgery at Ascension Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center.

Weight loss results may vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results.

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