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.

Weight Loss Patient Videos

Ed Ross weight loss surgery patient

Ed Ross
Vertical Sleeve Surgery 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is body mass index (BMI)?

Body mass index (BMI) is one way to determine if an adult is overweight. It is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI of 25 to 29 is considered overweight. BMIs over 30 can be associated with medical problems, usually becoming more critical as weight increases.

What criteria do I have to meet in order to access your weight loss surgery program?

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.

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. Register online for this session.

You must also be cleared medically through an evaluation by our bariatric nurse practitioner and/or primary care physician.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of bariatric surgery?

Weight loss surgery is covered by most health insurance plans; however, we recommend that you call your health insurance provider to determine your coverage. Any out-of-pocket expenses are reviewed at the information session.

Is there a program fee?

Once you are medically cleared to access the FreshStart program, a $350 program fee must be paid in order to move forward.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

Weight loss will vary depending upon the surgery you choose and your adherence to post-operative instructions. Generally, patients lose excess weight* as follows after two years:

Gastric bypass Approx. 70%
Gastric Sleeve Approx.  55 - 70%

*Excess weight loss refers to the amount of weight you lose from the overweight portion of your total weight.

Since I am a smoker, will that interfere with the surgery?

It is expected that you quit smoking before starting the FreshStart program.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

This will vary by patient, but most often gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery requires two nights.

How long does it take to recover from surgery and return to work?

For gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, recovery time is usually four to six weeks.

Can I get pregnant after bariatric surgery?

Yes, most women can get pregnant after bariatric surgery although most physicians recommend that you wait at least two years after surgery to become pregnant. It is important to speak to your physician before becoming pregnant to be sure your body is stable enough to nourish a healthy baby.

Resources and Links

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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