Bariatric Surgery at Baystate Health

Weight loss surgery at Baystate Health is part of a holistic approach to reducing your weight and improving your health.

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Accepting New Patients for Bariatric Surgery

Successful bariatric surgery needs to include support for overcoming the medical, social, and emotional factors that contribute to weight gain. Our multidisciplinary approach, which includes minimally invasive surgical techniques, means you can expect a safe, successful surgery.

The weight loss experts at Baystate Health will help you through every phase of your journey – from learning and planning before surgery to post-surgery counseling and nutrition help.

We perform bariatric surgery at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and the Baystate Franklin Surgical Center in Greenfield.

We want to make sure you're a good candidate for weight loss surgery and that you know just what to expect.

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An Accredited Bariatric Surgery Center
Our program meets national safety and outcomes standards for all bariatric surgery patients. We’re accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), which means we regularly go through a strict, outside review of our procedures, staff, and facilities.
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Your Baystate Health Weight Loss Team

Each person who has bariatric surgery at Baystate Health has a healthcare team that includes:

  • Bariatric surgeons 
  • Physician assistants 
  • Dietitians 
  • Medical assistants and nurses 
  • Behavioral health providers 

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Calculating Your BMI

Body mass index, or BMI, is a reliable indicator of weight status for most people. BMI is used to screen for potential health problems based on weight category. You can use the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) BMI calculator to calculate your BMI and your corresponding weight category.

To qualify for bariatric surgery at Baystate Health, you must have a BMI of 35 or higher with a comorbidity or 40 or higher without comorbidity. Comorbidity means that you have another illness or disorder in addition to obesity, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or fatty liver disease.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

Baystate Health’s bariatric surgeons perform both laparoscopic gastric bypass (Roux-En-Y) and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedures. 

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (Roux-En-Y)

In a laparoscopic gastric bypass, the surgeon makes small incisions, or cuts, in your abdomen. Through these cuts, they insert a small camera and the tools they need. Then, they create a small pouch from your stomach and connect this pouch directly to your small intestine. And finally, the surgeon closes your incision.  

After your surgery, any food you swallow goes into this small pouch of stomach and directly into your small intestine. Food goes around—or “bypasses”— part of your original stomach and small intestine, and as a result, your body doesn’t absorb a portion of calories and nutrition from what you’ve eaten.  

People who have this surgery lose up to 60% of their excess weight in the first two years after the surgery.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

With a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, about two-thirds of your stomach is removed. This procedure leaves you with a stomach that looks like a thin tube or “sleeve.” After surgery, any food you eat enters this sleeve.  
People who have this surgery feel full after eating small amounts of food. They consume fewer calories and lose up to 55% of their excess weight in the first two years after the sleeve gastrectomy.

Dietary Changes After Weight Loss Surgery
What you eat before and after your bariatric surgery is a very important part of your weight loss journey. Your Baystate Health dietitian will help you understand your new eating requirements in detail. 

You'll start eating immediately after surgery and gradually move through different stages of eating — from liquids to soft foods, and finally to solid foods. These stages help ensure that you’re eating safely and getting the right nutrition. 

After your surgery, you’ll need to take a complete multivitamin and calcium supplement daily, for the rest of your life. 

Talking with the Baystate weight loss team, as well as our support groups will help guide you through the lifestyle changes you need to make.

Have questions about bariatric surgery at Baystate Health?

Give us a call at one of our two bariatric surgery locations and we’ll be happy to talk with you.

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