If you struggle with obesity, you are not alone. Obesity is a chronic disease and can be challenging to overcome alone. Bariatric (or weight loss) surgery is a treatment option for those who have not found long-term success with other weight loss attempts. The team at Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) offers surgical options to help you achieve lasting weight loss and the healthy life you desire.
Bariatric surgery reduces the stomach’s storage area for food. After bariatric surgery, your stomach will feel full with less food. Since the stomach cues the brain to feel hungry, patients who have had bariatric surgery tend to eat less and feel hungry less often. This can help patients lose weight and feel healthier.
The bariatric surgery team at PHC includes board-certified surgeons on the medical staff of Putnam Hospital Center, bariatric nurses, nutritionists and physical therapists who collaborate to provide coordinated, safe and seamless care. Team members will keep you informed every step of the way, from pre-surgery claim processing to day-of-surgery expectations and post-surgery nutrition and exercise guidance. The team is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.
Why Choose Us?
- The bariatric surgery program at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Putnam Hospital Center underwent a rigorous review process.
- If you live or work near Sharon Hospital, you can do all of your pre-operative visits and testing at Sharon Hospital and, if eligible, have surgery at Putnam Hospital Center. This collaborative program brings the benefits of the comprehensive bariatric surgery program at Putnam Hospital Center to residents of the Sharon, CT, community in a convenient setting. To get started, watch the online seminar.
- Putnam Hospital Center offers private rooms with specialized bariatric equipment to ensure your comfort during your stay.
- Bariatric, or weight loss, surgery has been shown to reduce complications associated with obesity. These include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea.
Is Bariatric Surgery Right For You?
You may qualify for weight loss surgery if:
- You have previously tried other methods without success.
- You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher OR a body mass index (BMI) of 35, accompanied by other serious health issues related to obesity, such as diabetes, sleep apnea or hypertension.
- You have a willingness to make necessary, post-surgery lifestyle changes to achieve long-term success.
If your obesity has caused chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep issues, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you may be an excellent candidate for weight loss surgery.
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Treatment and Technology
The most common types of bariatric surgery are sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding (lap band). Usually, each surgical procedure is minimally invasive, using advanced laparoscopic techniques that require only small incisions. This frequently results in less pain and a quicker recovery. At PHC, all bariatric surgeries have been done using laparoscopic techniques and you have access to a range of surgical options. Together, you and your doctor will decide the best approach for you.
- Adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band)– also referred to as lap banding, this procedure involves a small band that is wrapped around the upper stomach. This band can be adjusted as necessary by your doctor to alter the amount of food the stomach can hold.Revisions of previous bariatric procedures such as conversion of gastric band to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass are common due to inadequate weight loss or complications of the band.
- Gastric sleeve surgery – reduces the size and shape of the stomach from its normal football size to roughly the size and shape of a banana, reducing the amount of food patients need in order to feel full. This permanent surgical reduction of the stomach reduces it to about 15 percent of its normal size.Gastric sleeve surgery is the most common type of bariatric surgery in the United States and at PHC, appealing because no foreign material is placed in the body and no rerouting of the intestine is done.
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – a procedure that creates a small stomach pouch and allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine, decreasing calorie absorption.
How To Get Started
What to Expect
When you choose Putnam Hospital Center for bariatric surgery, you can expect a warm and compassionate care team to partner with you on your weight loss journey. This multidisciplinary team includes a bariatric nurse coordinator who will guide you on your journey.
Once you have selected and consulted with a surgeon, together you will determine if you are a candidate for surgery and what lab tests you may need. Your surgeon may also recommend that you visit with other specialists prior to surgery. You’ll also:
- Have a nutrition evaluation and counseling with one of our dietitians.
- Undergo a psychological evaluation to make sure there are no underlying eating disorders or other issues that would prevent you from succeeding after surgery.
- Attend support group sessions.
- Complete pre-op testing.
When it comes to recovery and support, our program offers resources to help you achieve success. After surgery, patients receive comprehensive follow-up support including monitoring of weight loss progress and vitamin levels. Our weight loss support also includes:
- Support groups to share personal experiences.
- “Pound-A-Weigh” fitness program, designed by a physical therapist and personal trainer to introduce physical activity to surgical patients.
- Medically supervised nutrition counseling for overweight and obese patients.
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