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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.

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Ed Ross weight loss surgery patient

Ed Ross
Vertical Sleeve Surgery 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is the program?

The FreshStart program will take approximately six months. Our focus is to prepare you as comprehensively as possible for not only the surgery, but the commitment required for this life style change.

Does Milford Regional Medical Center take my insurance?

Each insurance plan is different. We ask that you call your insurance company and ask the following questions regarding your specific plan:

  • Does my insurance company cover bariatric surgery?
  • Is Milford Regional Medical Center in the network?
  • Are Dr. Phillip Cohen and Dr. Donald Czerniach providers in the network?
  • Are there any riders on my plan?

I just had my annual physical; do I still need to see the nurse practitioner?

Yes, the nurse practitioner visit will help to determine if you meet the criteria to move forward in our surgical weight loss program.

I already have a mental health practioner; do I still need to be evaluated by the behavior specialist?

Yes, our behavioral health practitioners will work with you to determine your readiness for the surgery. It may be necessary to obtain your medical records from your mental health practitioner as part of this evaluation.

Do I have to decide immediately which procedure I am going to have?

No, you will work closely with one of our bariatric surgeons to determine which procedure is best for you.

Why do I have to pay a non-refundable fee?

The non-refundable fee helps to defray the cost of services provided to our patients that are not covered by insurance plans, such as the nurse practitioner evaluation, behavioral health evaluation, exercise physiologist assessment as well as our support groups.

Will I need to modify my activity after surgery?

You should follow the instructions you receive from your surgeon after surgery. You will be asked to walk as much as possible and add more activity as your body heals. Cardiovascular activity as well as strength training and stretching are all important parts of your weight loss plan. We will help you develop a routine if you like.

Six weeks after surgery you should be back to a regular exercise routine…and loving it!

Resources and Links: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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