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.

FreshStart logo for our surgical weight loss program

Information Session

Interested individuals must watch the information session online, to learn more about our weight loss surgery program and decide if this approach is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns about watching our online session, please call Karen at our office at 508-422-2474.

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Insurance Coverage

We accept many insurance programs at Milford Regional Medical Center, however, it is your responsibility to make sure you have coverage. Please contact your insurance company prior to your initial consultation to ask:

  • Do you have coverage for bariatric surgery
  • Is Milford Regional Medical Center within your network
  • Are Drs. Donald Czerniach and Philip Cohen covered in your network

Medical Intake

Following attendance at an information session, an appointment is scheduled with our bariatric coordinator to evaluate your health and determine if there are any medical conditions or concerns that require attention prior to surgery.

Nutrition Appointments

Our bariatric dietitian will work with you one-on-one to help develop and implement healthy eating habits that will get you started on your weight loss journey and set you up for long term success. The dietitian will meet with you monthly to monitor your progress and provide support throughout the program and after surgery.

Behavioral Health Counselor Consult

Consultation with a behavioral health counselor provides critical insight into the many factors that affect an individual's struggle with weight, the decision to have weight loss surgery and its impact on your life afterwards. This meeting ensures your greatest success following surgery.

Program Fee

All patients are required to pay a non-refundable $375 fee in order to move forward in the program. The fee helps pay for support groups, preoperative skills classes and other services not covered by insurances. The payment will be requested after your behavioral health consult.

Exercise Evaluation

FreshStart patients attend an exercise class with our exercise physiologist where they can work together to establish an effective exercise regimen for before and after surgery.

Skills Classes

As part of the preoperative process you will attend four skills classes to prepare you for surgery and your journey thereafter.

Meeting with the Bariatric Surgeon

Our bariatric surgeon will work closely with you and the rest of the team to determine your best surgical weight loss option.

After Surgery

Follow-up Visits

You will have follow-up visits with your surgical team at two and six weeks, five months, one year and then at least yearly. You will follow up with your dietitian at three weeks, three months, six months, one year and then at least yearly.

Additional Support

The FreshStart approach includes ongoing support for your individual needs after surgery through support and discussion groups, an exercise program and individual appointments. Our FreshStart team is committed to supporting you through successful weight loss from start to finish.

The support group meets in the Physicians Conference Center A, just off the main lobby of the hospital. Here is a list of our support group topics for 2020.

PLEASE NOTE:  All support groups, including FreshStart, have been canceled until further notice.

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Weight Loss Patient Videos

Ed Ross weight loss surgery patient

Ed Ross
Vertical Sleeve Surgery 

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