Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery
At Baystate Health, weight loss surgery is not just an operation. It is a total approach to reducing your weight and improving your health. As we prepare you for successful bariatric surgery, we’ll help you overcome the medical, social, and emotional factors that contribute to weight gain.
Our multidisciplinary approach to your care, along with our minimally invasive surgery techniques, means you can expect a safe and successful surgery.
Getting Started with Bariatric Surgery
You can count on our weight loss experts at Baystate Health to help you through every phase of your journey – from learning and planning before surgery to post-surgery counseling and nutrition help.
Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery?
Weight loss surgery is an option for people who are severely obese (about 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight and a BMI (body mass index) of 35 and above) and cannot lose weight with diet and exercise alone. Improving your lifestyle, eating right, and staying active is still important. Calculate your BMI.
What is the Screening Process?
If you are interested in weight loss surgery at Baystate Health, you will go through an in-depth screening process. We want to make sure you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery and that you know what to expect.
The screening process starts with a general information session. Then, you will have appointments with a physician assistant, a dietitian, a surgeon, and a psychologist.
You are also required to attend at least three support group meetings before surgery. Talk with your primary care provider about what type of weight loss surgery is best for you.
Where Can You Get Bariatric Surgery?
Certain surgeries are performed at both Baystate Medical Center (our accredited center in Springfield) and the new Baystate Franklin Surgical Center in Greenfield.
Your Weight Loss Team at Baystate Health Icludes:
- Bariatric surgeons in Greenfield and Springfield
- Physician assistants
- Medical assistants and nurses
- Mental health providers
BAYSTATE MEDICAL CENTER, AN ACCREDITED CENTER FOR BARIATRIC SURGERY
Our program meets national safety and outcomes standards for all bariatric surgery patients. Baystate Medical Center is an accredited center for weight loss surgery by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), which involves a strict review of our procedures, staff, and facilities.
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