A COVID-19 Message for Our Patients
As we work together to navigate the COVID-19 emergency, the Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss is offering a number of services and programs online, so that you can get the information and support you need from the comfort and safety of home.
Our priority: helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Obesity can be a struggle everyday, especially when lifestyle changes aren’t enough. The Middlesex Health Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss stands with you, and our priority is to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Our program offers more than just surgery: we take a comprehensive approach to weight management through education, medical weight loss, surgery when appropriate, and long-term follow-up. Each and every patient works closely with their care team, because weight loss is most successful and sustainable when patients are fully engaged in their care.
What is the Medical Weight Loss Program?
At Middlesex Health, we offer a fully integrated medical weight loss program. This means that you can access the physical, emotional and social support you need all in one place.
Medical weight loss involves a combination of dietary changes and medication. Our team of doctors, nurse practitioners, dietitians and a specialized nurse navigator works with each patient to create a customized plan of care. We see new patients, as well as those who may be regaining weight after bariatric surgery, and we can also make referrals to programs such as physical rehabilitation and behavioral health.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for Me?
For many people, a combination of changes in eating habits, behavior modification, and physical activity is the best approach to weight loss. However, if you continue to experience severe or morbid obesity after trying non-surgical approaches, or if you have an obesity-related illness, weight loss surgery—also called bariatric surgery—may be appropriate.
To be considered a candidate for weight loss surgery, you must meet certain criteria. A healthcare provider can help you determine if you meet those criteria, which are related to:
- your BMI
- your past success with non-surgical weight loss methods
- the impact of your obesity on your daily life
- your risk of obesity-related illnesses
Even if you meet the medical criteria for weight loss surgery, it is important to consider the long term commitment to health that is required after surgery. Weight loss surgery may be appropriate for you if you are:
- determined to lose weight and improve your health
- well-informed about the surgery and how it will change your life
- inability to eat large meals
- need to chew thoroughly
- aware of the risks of the procedure, including the possibility of failure
- committed to lifelong medical follow-up
- committed to continuing lifestyle changes to go along with the surgery
- willing to speak with medical professionals and/or other patients who have had a similar procedure
There are many potential benefits of weight loss surgery, including:
- effective long-term weight loss
- improvement or resolution of obesity-related illnesses, such as high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes
- lower risk for other chronic conditions that have obesity as a risk factor, such as heart disease and some cancers
- better overall quality of life
There are also risks that come with weight loss procedures.
- All surgical procedures come with some risk of complications, such as:
- wound infection
- blood loss
- After surgery, your body takes in fewer nutrients. Patients who undergo weight loss surgery are making a lifelong commitment to follow dietary guidelines and take supplements.
It is important to speak to your physician about all of the possible benefits and risks. You can also learn more in our online Integrated Learning Center.
Take the First Step
To begin the weight loss surgery process at Middlesex Health, all patients attend our Patient Information Seminar. *
*During the COVID-19 emergency, this seminar is available online.
Our Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
This designation recognizes our clinical excellence, as well as our multidisciplinary approach to weight management and commitment to our patients' long-term weight loss success.
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