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Is weight loss surgery right for you?

A free educational seminar on weight loss surgery at the Southcoast Center for Women's Health

For Immediate Release Contact: Joyce Faria Brennan
November 22, 2004 508-961-5270
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DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A free educational seminar on weight loss surgery will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Southcoast Center for Women's Health, 300 B Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth. Registration for the informational program is recommended by calling Wareham Surgical Associates at 508-295-3900.

Rayford Kruger, MD, FACS, a trained gastric bypass surgeon at Tobey Hospital in Wareham, will present "Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?" The presentation outlines the benefits of weight loss surgery and the health risks associated with morbid obesity, along with various bariatric surgical procedures and who is a likely candidate for the procedure.

"Weight loss surgery is a commitment for life and should not be entered upon lightly. We ask that all patients considering weight loss surgery join us for this informational evening outlining the benefits, qualifications and risks associated with morbid obesity," said Dr. Kruger, who performs the surgery with members of a weight loss surgery team at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Information on the weight loss surgery program at Tobey can be found at

A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Kruger completed his residency training at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. He is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Dr. Kruger has undergone extensive training in gastric bypass surgery and completed specialty-training programs at bariatric surgery centers in New England and New York.

The laproscopic weight loss surgery program at Tobey Hospital is a community-based program designed to incorporate a thorough approach to weight loss surgery utilizing a team comprised of dieticians, psychologists and surgeons to provide a safe and comprehensive surgical weight loss program. The program was created using the guiding principles that came from the Lehman Patient Safety Center's expert panel convened by the State to study weight loss surgical programs and procedures as they directly relate to patient safety.

All surgery at Tobey Hospital is performed in the hospital's new surgical wing, which features the most up-to-date technology available. Minimally invasive procedures are performed in new "I-suites" that integrate computers, fiber optics and other state-of-the-art surgical tools. For more information about the surgical suites at Tobey Hospital visit

For more information on this program or for upcoming free educational seminars on gastric bypass surgery for morbid obesity call Wareham Surgical Associates at 508-295-3900.

About Southcoast

Southcoast Health System, a not-for-profit charitable organization, is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island. It includes Southcoast Hospitals Group, formed in 1996 from the merger of Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast is one of three community hospitals approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to perform open heart surgery and primary angioplasty beginning in Spring 2002.

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Joyce Faria Brennan
Phone: 508-961-5270
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