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Published on August 13, 2015

SMC Bariatric Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery Program Achieves Re-Accreditation

A Comprehensive Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

Once, walking through the grocery store would exhaust Scott Skinner. At 500 pounds, he couldn’t even play with his children.

“You don’t realize how bad you feel until you feel good,” said Skinner, a weight-loss patient who has lost 270 pounds. “I’m a big deer hunter and before, I couldn’t even walk through the woods or a climb a tree.”

Now, Skinner is off of three different pain medications he was taking for back and knee pain, and he’s able to play with his kids and go deer hunting.

Losing weight isn’t just about how you look or if you can fit into your old clothes; it’s about improving your health. Everyday activities become easier. You have more energy in your daily life. You simply feel better.

Successes like Skinner’s have helped SMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Program achieve recent reaccreditation as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Comprehensive Center.

Obesity is considered a disease with serious health risks, and Spartanburg Medical Center’s (SMC) weight loss surgery program is dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients suffering from obesity. SMC does this by providing specially trained staff, bariatric appropriate equipment and a fully integrated facility to meet the needs of the obese patient.

“The Surgical Weight Loss Program at SMC has touched the lives of more than 2,000 patients over the last 12 years,” said Paul Ross, MD, FACS and FASMBS, bariatric surgeon and medical director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program. “Patients constantly tell us, ‘Thank you for giving me my life back.’ What more could we ask for?”

Approximately 12 million people in the United States are considered morbidly obese, meaning they are more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40 (greater than or equal to 35 if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea).

Some patients who had bariatric surgery at SMC went from taking multiple types of medication to none.

“Before my surgery, I was on 12 different medications for health issues such as blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety and sleep apnea. I could hardly walk and had both knees replaced,” said weight-loss patient Wanda Winn, who lost 170 pounds. “Since the surgery, I haven’t had arthritis and now I can do things like be outside and cut my grass.”

SMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Program began in 2003. Being an accredited center means the program is held to the highest standard of quality and has the utmost commitment to its patients. The facility’s two bariatric surgeons, Paul Ross, MD, and Jason Johnson, DO, have performed more than 2,250 weight loss surgeries combined.

“Our team is proud to have earned this prestigious re-accreditation,” Johnson said. “It allows us to remain a key facility in the region, able to provide high quality, compassionate care to weight loss surgery patients.”

Medical Group Carolina’s Weight Loss program currently performs comprehensive metabolic and weight loss procedures including:

• Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
• Lap-Band®
• Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
• Revisional Weight Loss Surgery
• Medical Procedures
• Medical Weight Loss

For more information on weight loss surgery with Medical Group of the Carolinas, call 864-560-7070 or visit

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Healthy & Balanced is a weight loss and physical activity support group for cancer survivors.
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