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 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, 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.
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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. These are based on guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health.
You may qualify for Medical Weight Loss if you:
- Have a BMI of 25 or greater - (Calculate your BMI)
You may qualify for weight loss surgery if you:
- Have a BMI in the obese or morbidly obese range
- BMI of 40 or greater (approximately 80 lbs. overweight) - (Calculate your BMI)
- Have a BMI of 35-39.9 and diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, debilitating arthritis, or other pre-existing health issues related to obesity - (Calculate your BMI)
- Are unlikely to lose weight successfully with further non-surgical methods
- Have an obesity-related physical problemthat interferes with your daily activities (i.e., walking, employment, family function)
- Have a high-risk obesity-related illness, such as:
- Sleep apnea
- Obesity-related heart disease
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
Weight Loss Surgery Informational Session with Dr. Jonathan Aranow
Weight Loss Surgery Informational Session with Dr. Grigoriy Klimovich
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 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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