Why Choose Us?

Once you decide to undergo bariatric surgery, you need to select a program that has expertise, experience, and commitment to help you throughout your entire weight loss surgery journey. The surgeons at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery offer a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals who understand the unique problems and challenges involved in the treatment of obesity. What are some of the things that make our practice stand out?

  • Fellowship-trained surgeons - Choosing a bariatric surgeon who is highly skilled, highly trained, and compassionate is important to your weight loss success. Our bariatric surgeons have all undergone fellowship training. This training includes extensive experience in laparoscopic bariatric surgical procedures and revision surgeries, as well as all other aspects of patient care before and after surgery. A formal fellowship is the highest level of training a surgeon can receive and exceeds the requirements of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Our surgeons employ the latest surgical technology and have a proven record of success in bariatric treatment. In addition, they are caring individuals who chose bariatrics because they truly enjoy helping change a person’s life forever.
  • Nurse Practitioner – Our Nurse Practitioner is fully devoted to our bariatric patients. She is always available in our office to address your needs while the surgeons are in the operating room attending to other patients. She is a great asset to our program, as most of the followup after surgery is related to medical issues such as ensuring adequate vitamin levels and changes in diabetes and blood pressure medications as you lose weight. 
  • Bariatric Patient Advocate – Working with insurance companies can be challenging at times, and they often require you to take several steps before approving your surgery. We have full time staff members who devote all of their time to helping you through the insurance or financing process to make it as easy and painless as possible.
  • Program Nurse, Behavior Modification Counselor, & Exercise Physiologist- Our bariatric clinical team will help educate and work with you during your weight loss surgery journey to post-op care.  Our educational classes are distinctive and unique, but we believe education is the key and tools to succesful weight loss.  We offer individual and group classes to accomondate each patients needs.
  • Program Dieticians – Our program utilizes the bariatric trained dieticians.  Our team of dieticians specialize in the unique needs of bariatric surgery patients.  They provide education to our patients in both private consultations and group sessions before and after surgery.  They also actively participate in our Support Groups and are happy to provide their expertise to our patients.
  • Program Mental Health Professionals – We have specialized program psychologists available to our patients. Our psychologists are experienced in the treatment of individuals suffering from obesity. They perform psychological evaluations on all of our patients prior to surgery and are available to our patients throughout their post-operative journey as well.
  • Monthly Support Groups – Research shows that patients who regularly attend support groups have better success after weight loss surgery. Our support groups are led by Dr. Gachassin and Dr. Eschete, who are accompanied by a variety of other bariatric professionals to bring you discussions on many different topics related to life after surgical weight loss.

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