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  The Surgical Option

Surgical procedures may be a viable option for patients who are seriously overweight and have other medical conditions that make a formula meal replacement program inappropriate. The gastroplasty procedure involves reducing the size of the stomach to a small pouch. Having a gastroplasty or similar procedure requires a major change in lifestyle and eating behaviors. It also requires a lifetime of medical care.

To be considered for surgery patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 100 pounds overweight
  • Have failed other structured weight loss programs
  • Not suffer from binge-eating disorders
  • Be committed to making major lifestyle changes including eating behaviors and lifetime medical care.
  • Be committed to long-term attendance of education and support programs.

Bariatric Surgical Preparation Program
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Description: 6 month enrollment in comprehensive medically supervised program. The focus of the first 3 months will be active participation in program and compliance with individualized behavioral objectives. Formula diet and medication options are available but not required. After this first 3 months, pre-surgical testing will be coordinated in conjunction with on-going monthly monitoring and attendance at bariatric support group. At the conclusion of the 6 month enrollment, participant will be provided with copies of all relevant medical tests and a letter of recommendation to the surgeon.

Pre-entry Requirements

  • Physician consultation
  • Current Lab Work (within last 6 months): CBC, CMP, TSH, Lipid Panel and Serum Uric Acid
  • EKG completed within last year
  • Completion of Pre-entry Questionnaires

Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric) Programs

Resources:
Weight Loss Surgery Resource List (pdf)

Lap Band Bariatric Surgery

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