About the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss
All of your care before, during and after bariatric surgery is coordinated by a team of health professionals. This assures that you receive the most comprehensive and complete care that will promote your long-term good health.
Our team first performs a preoperative evaluation that helps select those patients who are both medically and psychologically suited for our surgical program. At this time, all of the purposes, implications risks and benefits of bypass surgery are carefully explained.
All of our patients undergo a complete medical screening by the surgeon and an internist as well as an evaluation by one of the team's psychologists. Patients are also required to participate in four preoperative support group sessions to learn more about the physical and psychological implications of weight loss surgery.
Each patient also attends counseling with the team dietitian to discuss their present dietary habits and how to best prepare for their changed nutritional needs following surgery.
Patients will periodically meet with the surgeon throughout the preoperative period to monitor progress and have detailed discussions about the surgical procedure.
All surgery at Tobey Hospital is performed in our surgical wing, which features the most up-to-date technology available.
Minimally invasive procedures are performed in "I-suites" which integrate computers, fiber optics and other state-of-the-art surgical tools, giving patients access to the most advanced technology available anywhere.
The wing also contains a new and spacious Intensive Care Unit.
Bariatrics: A branch of medicine dealing with prevention, control and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgery refers to all surgery designed to treat obesity.
Body Mass Index (BMI): This is a comparison of weight to height. Your BMI correlates with your body fat. A body mass index over 25 is considered to be overweight and a BMI over 30 is considered obese according to the national Centers for Disease Control.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: This refers to the most common type of procedure used in gastric bypass surgery (see illustration). It can be performed through traditional open surgery, with an abdominal incision, or through minimally invasive surgery with several small incisions.
Lap Bad/Adjustable Band: In an adjustable gastric band surgery, a tight prosthetic band is placed near the entrance of the stomach to limit the amount of food one can eat along with the rate at which one can eat.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: This refers to a procedure in which the size of the stomach is reduced by a stapling device which divides the stomach vertically, leaving only a thin vertical sleeve, and the remaining portion of the stomach is removed.