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Ed Ross weight loss surgery patient

Ed Ross
Vertical Sleeve Surgery 

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Surgical Options

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Depending upon your individual circumstances, Milford Regional offers several state-of-the-art bariatric surgical procedures. The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques. This approach involves several small incisions rather than a large one. This means patients have less postoperative pain, fewer wound complications, and a much quicker recovery.

Gastric Bypass

A smaller stomach is created and food bypasses most of the old stomach and part of the small intestine. This makes you feel full more quickly and reduces the amount of food you can eat at one time. In addition, bypassing part of the intestine changes the body’s metabolism to increase weight loss and improve some weight-related medical problems. The gastric bypass operation is the most commonly performed operation for weight loss in the United States and is considered the "gold standard.”

Hospital Stay Two nights
Return to Work Four to six weeks
*Excess Weight Loss (two years) Approx. 70%

Adjustable Gastric Band

An adjustable band is placed around the top portion of the stomach. By reducing the size of the opening to the stomach, the band reduces how fast you can eat. This creates an earlier feeling of fullness and satiety. Following surgery, the inflatable band can be loosened or tightened to accommodate the individual’s needs. This weight loss procedure may require more frequent follow up visits for band adjustments.

Hospital Stay Often same day procedure, or one night
Return to Work Two weeks
*Excess Weight Loss (two years) Approx. 30-55%

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

A large portion of the stomach is removed and a new, smaller stomach is created in the shape of a tube. It limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.  Part of this surgery may be done robotically which means much smaller incisions. It may also have metabolic advantages similar to the gastric bypass.

Hospital Stay Two nights
Return to Work Four to six weeks
*Excess Weight Loss (two years) Approx. 55-70%

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

Pre-Registration

Patients should call to pre-register up to two weeks in advance for any scheduled surgical day and out-patient appointment including most diagnostic tests, lab work and pre-surgical testing. This eliminates the need to wait for an admissions representative upon arrival. Patients can go directly to their point of service. Admissions representatives are available to take calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. 

Please call 508-422-2222.

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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