Patient Stories

Kelli Beschi is a weight loss surgery patientVertical Sleeve Surgery
When Kelli weighed 284 pounds, she couldn't climb a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing. Her excess weight put pressure on her joints causing swelling and pain. After undergoing vertical sleeve gastrectomy, Kelli runs 5K races! Her borderline blood pressure and cholesterol are now perfect. Read Kelli's story.

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/Bariatric Surgery

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Information Video

The first step to access our FreshStart program is to watch a video to help you understand the “how” and “why” of weight loss surgery before you commit to the journey. If you have any questions, please call Karen at 508-422-2474.

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The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Milford Regional provides an effective solution for adults that struggle with severe weight problems along with their associated health risks and medical complications. Generally, weight loss surgery (known as bariatric surgery) is a possible option for these 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 hypertension. A BMI of 40 equates to an individual being approximately 100 pounds overweight. Health insurance coverage and requirements vary by plan, so it is important to find out the particulars about your health insurance plan.

Interested individuals must watch the session online, to learn more about our weight loss surgery program and decide if this approach is right for you.

Milford Regional’s weight loss surgery program called FreshStart is not just about surgery; it’s about a whole new approach to living your life. Our team of professionals, which include surgeons, nurse practitioners, dietitians, behavioral health counselors and physical therapists, is committed to walking with you through your weight loss journey. And our partnership with UMass Memorial Medical Center, a leader in bariatric surgery, ensures the highest standards of quality and care.

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Milford Regional is a fully accreditated bariatric surgery program. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery Has Achieved Elevated Designation

Bariatric Surgery Accredited Center Seal

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery has been elevated to a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. To earn the MBSAQIP designation, The Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery has been designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers have demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for bariatric patients. They offer a broad range of bariatric surgery services, including inpatient care, post-operative, outpatient follow-up care and patient education.

BMI calculator

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. Check out your BMI with our BMI calculator below.

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Ed Ross weight loss surgery patient

Ed Ross
Vertical Sleeve Surgery 

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