Advanced Weight Loss Surgery
All responsible medical professionals encourage overweight patients to make safe and sensible lifestyle changes to lose excess weight, thereby reducing the significant health risks associated with obesity.
We are proud to have a bariatric surgery leader, Dr. Erin Cummins, at Central Surgical Associates. Dr. Cummins is a bariatric surgeon that holds a Center Of Excellence certification in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Dr. Cummins serves as the director for Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center and is the former director for Central Mississippi Medical Center’s Bariatric Program as well as Transformations at Merit Health River Oaks. She is the founder of the Bariatric programs at Central Mississippi Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Cummins is the past president of the Mississippi state chapter of the ASMBS, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and has over 12 years of experience in Bariatric Surgery. In addition to Dr. Cummins we are proud to have Dr. Matthew Jones as a part of Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center. [Interview with Dr. Cummins]
The Baptist Bariatric and Nutrition Center includes comprehensive weight management, metabolic and bariatric surgery. Several types of laparoscopic bariatric procedures are performed including Roux-en-Y Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Banding. Dr. Cummins has a rare level of skill that allows her to perform this type of weight loss surgery with a minimally invasive technique. Dr. Cummins performed the first Robotic Gastric Sleeve in the state of Mississippi. With no large incisions, you will begin losing weight faster and can start enjoying your new life sooner.
Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y (roo en why) This procedure is a combination of restriction and mal-absorption. The stomach is stapled to create a small stomach pouch, which is then separated competely from the remainder of the stomach and is connected to the small intestine. Food enters the pouch and exits directly into the intestine, thus bypassing caloric absorption. Patients who undergo this surgery generally experience greater weight loss.
Gastric Banding (Lap-Band ®) This procedure is restrictive only. A silastic band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch. When the pouch is filled, the patient feels full. Food then exits the pouch and travels through the remainder of the digestive system. The Lap-Band ® can be adjusted to speed or slow weight loss and is considered less invasive than the Roux-en-Y or gastric sleeve. Patients who undergo this surgery can expect a slower, more gradual weight loss.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy This is also a restrictive procedure. The stomach is partially removed, leaving a small tubular stomach, which provides for faster weight loss than with the Lap Band ®, but slower than with the Roux-en-Y. The advantage to this choice is that there is no foreign body involved and generally requires less follow up.
Contact Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center at (601) 973-1624 if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Erin Cummins or Dr. Matthew Jones .