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.

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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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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 hypertension. Our BMI calculator can help determine if you meet this criteria.

Interested individuals must attend a free two-hour information session on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 PM, to learn more about our weight loss surgery program and decide if this approach is right for you. You will have an opportunity to talk to some of the patients who have had the surgery.  Register online for this session.

You must also be cleared medically through an evaluation by our bariatric nurse practitioner and/or primary care physician.  You will be given written information on the time line of appointments to be scheduled.

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 and find out if Dr. Cohen and Dr. Czerniach are in your network. Out-of-pocket expenses are reviewed at the information session.

Is there a program fee?

Yes, there is a one time non-refundable fee of $375.00. Once you have met with Nutrition Services twice and Behavioral Health, the $375.00 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 Vertical 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?

You need to be smoke free to have surgery.  Smoking is a risk for complications after surgery.

How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

The hospital stay is usually one night for both the gastric bypass and gastric vertical sleeve.

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

For gastric bypass and gastric vertical sleeve, recovery time is individualized.  Some return to work in days while for others it is three 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.

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American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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