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Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery

Obesity is a disease that affects each person differently. Being overweight can lead to adverse medical problems such as:

 

  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Elevated blood cholesterol
  • Sleep disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

 

Deciding to manage obesity is the first step to gaining control over your body and health. While diets and exercise are the starting points for people wanting to lose weight, they may not work for everyone. Weight loss (bariatric) surgery can help people with severe weight-related health problems lose weight by altering their digestive systems. 

 

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Are 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater (Find your BMI)
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher with two obesity related medical problems
  • Have been unable to lose weight or keep weight off long-term with nonsurgical measures
  • Are determined to lose weight and improve your health
  • Are committed to lifelong medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation

 

Choosing a qualified surgeon that you trust is vitally important to your weight loss. Dr. Thampi Ampadi, at Baystate Medical Practice - Greenfield Surgery, is specially trained in the most advanced procedures of minimally invasive gastric banding surgery. That means less pain and scarring with a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than traditional open surgery.

 

All surgeries are preformed at Baystate Franklin Medical Center where our multidisciplinary team can give you accurate information and counseling to help you make the right decision through all phases of care. We offer:

  • Preoperative education and consultation
  • Postoperative counseling
  • Dietary/nutritional management
  • Ongoing support groups

 

If you are considering weight loss surgery, ask your primary care provider for a referral to BMP - Greenfield Surgery.

 

Find more information on the Comprehensive Adult Weight Management Program.