Patient Stories

michelle weight loss surgery patientVertical Sleeve Surgery
At 325 pounds, Michelle could not walk from the parking lot to the employee entrance at work without stopping at least four times to catch her breath. Now, Michelle walks regularly and lives an active lifestyle. Her sleep apnea, high cholesterol and diabetes have disappeared. Read Michelle's story.

Janice LeVallee gastric bypass surgery patient

Gastric Bypass Surgery
Before having weight loss surgery Janice felt tired all the time and was on numerous medications. Today, Janice is 125 pounds thinner, off her medications and has “more energy than she knows what to do with.”  Read Janice’s story.

David Eckbold vertical sleeve surgery patient

Vertical Sleeve Surgery
At 288 pounds, David’s long-term health and how it could affect his family was his incentive to have weight loss surgery. Just five weeks after surgery, David lost 40 pounds and was off his medications.  Read David’s story.

James Boucher robotic verticle sleeve surgery

Robotic Vertical Sleeve
Tipping the scales at 413 pounds, James had health concerns and lifestyle limitations. Since the surgery he has shed over 190 pounds, gone off his medications and loves taking 25-mile bike rides!  Read James's story.

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Before Entering the Program

Health Insurance and Program Requirements

Register for an Information Session

Generally, weight loss surgery at Milford Regional is a possible option for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or 35 if there are accompanying weight-related illnesses such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or arthritis. Our BMI calculator can help determine if you meet this criteria. However, health insurance coverage and requirements vary by plan, so it is important to find out the particulars about your health insurance plan. Any out-of-pocket expenses are reviewed at the information session.

Information Session

Interested individuals must attend a free, two-hour information session to learn more about our weight loss surgery program and decide if this approach is right for you. For information on the meeting schedule and/or to register, go to our registration form.

Medical Evaluation

Following attendance at an information session, an appointment is scheduled with our bariatric nurse practitioner to evaluate your health and determine if there are any medical conditions or concerns that require attention prior to surgery. Once you are medically cleared to access the FreshStart program, a $375 out-of-pocket program fee must be paid in order to move forward.

Inside the FreshStart Program

Nutrition & Exercise Class

FreshStart patients attend a back-to-back nutrition and exercise class. This very important first step gives our bariatric dietitian the opportunity to discuss healthy eating choices and our physical therapist the chance to review an effective exercise regimen for before and after surgery.

Support Groups

Support for those on their weight loss journey before and after surgery is offered and encouraged through several support groups.

One-on-One Nutrition Meeting

As the program coordinator, our bariatric dietitian not only works with you one-on-one to develop and implement a healthy diet plan, she meets with you periodically to monitor your progress and provide support throughout the program and after surgery.

Behavioral Health Counselor Consult

Consultation with a behavioral health counselor provides critical insight into the many factors that affect an individual’s struggle with weight, the decision to have weight loss surgery and its impact on your life afterwards. This meeting ensures your greatest success following surgery.

Meeting with the Bariatric Surgeon

Our bariatric surgeon will work closely with you and the rest of the team to determine your best surgical weight loss option.

After Surgery

Follow-up Visits

You will have follow-up visits at two and six weeks, six months, one year and then at least yearly. 

Additional Support

The FreshStart approach includes ongoing support for your individual needs after surgery through support and discussion groups, an exercise program and individual appointments. Our FreshStart team is committed to supporting you through successful weight loss from start to finish.

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Ed Ross weight loss surgery patient

Ed Ross
Vertical Sleeve Surgery 

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