Metamor is uniquely focused on the advanced treatment of obesity and diabetes. Metamor is the first institute in the nation to offer an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to caring for individuals who suffer from these devastating diseases in a single facility at the world-renowned Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Our team utilizes a variety of treatment approaches, including lifestyle interventions, drug and combination therapies, and surgical procedures performed in state-of-the-art facilities at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Ascension.

Our Lady of the Lake is a Comprehensive Center with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Our Lady of the Lake has held this accreditation since 2010. Accreditation verifies that the bariatric surgery program at Our Lady of the Lake meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care. Learn more here.

Improving Health Around the Globe — Starting in Louisiana
Metamor is a one-of-a-kind facility, marrying in-depth scientific research, world-class physicians, and multiple treatment methods to address the epidemic of obesity and metabolic disease.
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Paving a Path for a Healthier Louisiana
Through our partnerships, Metamor is paving the path to a healthier Louisiana. Hear from one of our patients and how we are yielding healthy dividends for our community.
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The Meaning Behind Metamor
We offer treatments that change lives for the better, with compassion and support for each of our patients. We work to help each person transform their life into one they’ve always dreamed of.
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Making the President of LSU Proud
The people of Louisiana deserve quality care that protects their well-being. It’s powerful to see our staff and partnerships come together, allowing us to be the best at what we decide to do.
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Allowing People To Do More
The governor of Louisiana is proud to back Metamor and its partners. Science and research allow our communities to develop in more ways than one, cultivating growth for every single person.
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Our Response to a Global Obesity Epidemic

The Epidemic

Obesity is an epidemic not only in the United States, but also internationally. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than two-thirds of the US population is overweight, and nearly one third are diagnosed with severe (morbid) obesity. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 to 39. Severe obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 40 or greater. It has been shown that the higher the body mass index, the greater the risk for associated illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, and others. When patients with severe obesity have one or more of the above diseases, their risk of death increases, and their quality of life is severely diminished.

The Impact

Metamor's research has shown that bariatric surgery is an effective intervention to achieve weight loss, with surgery patients achieving an average weight loss at one year after treatment of approximately 100 pounds (range: 60-120 lbs) and substantially improved quality of life. In addition, bariatric surgery substantially lowers health costs compared to those not receiving the surgery.

A Partnership to Create a
World-Class Institute

Combining forces to combat this increasingly present issue, Metamor provides a transdisciplinary approach to weight loss and the control of diabetes. Our Institute includes:

  • Lifestyle interventions, including behavioral, dietary, and exercise approaches.

  • Drug therapies, including clinical research into new medications that are effective at weight loss and controlling diabetes

  • Surgical procedures, performed in state-of-the-art facilities at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

  • Combination therapies, that utilize surgery and drug therapy in innovative ways to maximize success.

This destination program provides an integrated care model that brings world-class research and care to those we serve, both from Louisiana and beyond.

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Metamor is specially equipped to manage some of the most difficult and challenging manifestations of obesity and diabetes. Experts in many medical specialties at Our Lady of the Lake including cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, anesthesia, pulmonary, sleep medicine, psychiatry, orthopedics, pediatrics, and others, assist our team in providing state-of-the-art care for the challenging conditions listed below:

  • Extremely severe obesity (more than 150 lbs overweight or BMI > 60 kg/m2)

  • Patients with severe medical conditions such as cirrhosis, heart failure, prior heart attack, lung disease, lymphedema, history of blood clots, and others

  • Patients with prior bariatric surgery that requires revision for complications of the initial surgery or weight regain after surgery

  • Patients of advanced age (> 65 years)

  • Adolescents (teenagers) with severe obesity