Weight Management/Weight Loss Surgery

Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155,
Suite 100
(781) 306-6166
 
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Michael, renewed.

beforeandafterI’m a big guy and I have had weight problems most of my life. I always tried to take care of myself. I served in the Army National Guard and learned the importance of staying fit. Over the years, when I realized I was getting heavy, I’d get serious, go on a diet, workout at the gym, eat healthier foods to lose weight and take care of myself. But after a while I would slip back to my old ways.


It became clear that dieting wasn’t working anymore. I was getting to be well above 300 pounds and developing serious health issues like high blood pressure and slipped discs in my back. It got to the point where my wife had to help me put my boots on in the morning so I could go to work. I knew I had to do something.

I investigated surgical options. I checked around the area to see what was available and finally attended a weight-loss information session for the Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.  I liked how I was treated there. They listened, answered my questions and I felt a good connection with the program. I was also very impressed with Andras Sandor, MD, the director of the program.


I tried dieting one last time, but when that was not successful Dr. Sandor and I talked about sleeve gastrectomy surgery as the best solution. I had the surgery in March 2012. The day after the surgery, I was up and walking around in my hospital room. I asked the medical team to take me off the pain medications since I was not feeling any discomfort. When I went home, I followed a liquid diet that reduced the number of calories I was taking in and then eventually switched to solid, healthy foods.

Now a year later, I am maintaining the weight loss and holding steady at 195 pounds. Hunger cravings are gone. I follow the diet, eat healthy foods religiously and get regular exercise. Since the surgery, keeping the weight off isn’t hard at all. There are other advantages to losing the weight. I no longer take blood pressure or pain medications. Sleep apnea is gone and the two slipped discs I developed are non-existent now. I am even training and hoping to fulfill a dream I’ve had for years to run in the Boston Marathon.

I am glad I found the Center and Dr. Sandor. I believe I had an easy time with the surgery because of the great skill and experience of the entire team that cared for me. They are phenomenal and are with you every step of the way.

 

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Designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing you with the clinical expertise and patient-focused care you deserve.

With this special designation, Lawrence Memorial Hospital joins an elite group of hospitals in Massachusetts that have been classified as ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. In the United States, there are fewer than 500 hospitals designated as ASBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence.

Weight loss surgery has emerged as a safe and effective method for the long-term treatment of patients with clinically severe obesity. Deciding to have weight loss surgery is a significant step that requires a permanent lifestyle change. Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery offers the very best in surgical options, treatment, care and support. Through our center of excellence, patients are offered three options for weight loss surgery: Roux-Y Gastric Bypass, The Lapband Procedure and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. All these surgeries are performed laparoscopically, providing the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, which include faster recovery, better pain control and less potential complications.

The bariatric surgery program is home to highly trained surgeons including Andras Sandor, MD and Jennifer Lane, MD. Dr. Sandor is the director of the Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery.

To schedule an appointment or for more information on the program call (781) 306-6166.

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Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155, Suite 100
(781) 306-6166

 

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Laparoscopic weight loss surgery

All the procedures below can be performed laparoscopically. This means that the surgery is performed through tiny keyhole incisions via a high definition video camera system. This allows much faster recovery, improved pain control and less postoperative complications following surgery.

Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band™ surgery or Realize™ Band surgery)

The Adjustable Gastric Banding system is the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries. The system includes an adjustable silicon elastomer band that is surgically placed around the stomach. The band induces weight loss by restricting food intake; when eating less, the body draws from itslapbandphoto own fat to get the energy it needs.

Approved by the FDA in 2001, adjustable gastric banding is the newest and safest surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. It's also the least invasive and the only adjustable surgical treatment available at this moment.

Since there is no cutting, stapling, or stomach rerouting, it is considered the least traumatic of all weight loss surgeries. This is possible by using laparoscopy to install the band, which offers clear advantages like reduced pain and faster recovery.

The is the only adjustable weight loss surgery; in fact, band adjustment is a regular part of follow up for this procedure and is done without the need of surgery. The amount of food a patient is able to take in can be adjusted by inflating or deflating the band. The band is adjusted as needed depending on your weight loss progress or other reasons like pregnancy or illness.

If for any reason the band needs to be removed, it can be done laparoscopically.

Based on your preference we are happy to implant either the Lap-BandTM System or the RealizeTM Band.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery procedure in the United States at this time. The laparoscopic Roux-Y Gastric Bypass was introduced in 1993 and since then has become the gold standard procedure.

routexDuring surgery, a surgical stapling device is used to divide the upper stomach and create a tiny stomach "pouch" at the upper end. This pouch is shaped to be about the size of your thumb, and will hold 30 ml or less. This means that 2-3 tiny bites of food is all a patient can hold, and this restriction on the amount of food eaten is the main way that the Gastric Bypass promotes weight loss.

Food leaves this tiny stomach pouch into a segment of small intestine (the Roux limb), which is brought up from the mid-abdomen and is surgically attached to the stomach pouch. This small intestine cannot handle concentrated calories. If the patient consumes foods that contains sugar or fat this segment of intestine reacts by creating a temporary illness called dumping syndrome. For best weight loss patients should stay away from sugar and other carbohydrates - the thought of dumping syndrome seems to help change habits away from these types of food.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy has recently been recognized as a fully efficient weight loss procedure, but it has been utilized as the first stage of a complex two stage operation, the duodenal switch.

During sleeve gastrectomy the stomach is longitudinally stapled and divided and the result will besleeve a narrow tube, which significantly limits food intake and controls hunger. Since no re-routing of the small intestine takes place, malabsorption is not a problem. The operation is faster and safer than a gastric bypass and can be used as stage procedure in individuals who represent very high operative risk.

Five year weight loss results are almost as good as what we experience with the gastric bypass and resolution of comorbid conditions is also very effective.

Long term benefits

Following weight loss surgery, existing medical conditions improve significantly. For example:

•80 percent of patients no longer require insulin for diabetes

•100 percent of patients require less diabetes medication

•65 percent of patients no longer require blood pressure medication

•Sleep apnea and even snoring is cured for most patients

•Joint replacement is possible when it was previously prohibited by excess weight

•Exercise tolerance is improved, energy level is heightened, and body image is greatly enhanced

•Menstrual irregularities related to policystic ovary syndrome resolve

•Urinary incontinence resolves

•Heart function improves

•Reduced risk for ovarian, uterine and breast cancer in women and reduced risk for prostate and colorectal cancer in men.


Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155, Suite 100
(781) 306-6166

 

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Are you considering weight loss surgery? Do you want to learn from other patients that have recently had surgery? Then join the conversation. Hallmark Health System's Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has gone social. We invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter or on our blog.

Personalized care

To improve care for bariatric patients, the program also employs a comprehensive team that includes specially trained nurses, psychologists, dietitians and respiratory therapists. Specialty training enables these professionals to handle behavior modifications, psychiatric issues, and post-surgical care. Patients also have access to support group meetings before and after their procedures.

A comprehensive medical workup is necessary to identify any unsuspected problems that may jeopardize your health during surgery and to precisely assess the severity of the know problems. This involves meeting with a cardiologist, pulmonologist and occasionally an endocrinologist and gastroenterologist. Medical professionals are always on hand at these gatherings to ensure optimal outcomes.

Weight loss surgery is a major surgery and a major decision on your part. In order to provide you with the most up to date information about your surgical options, the preparation, the post-surgical care, the recovery and the long term changes you need to make to assure a successful outcome, an information seminar is mandatory prior to your visit with your surgeon. Information seminars are held monthly.

Special comprehensive follow-up care after surgery improves long-term outcomes and minimizes complications; that's where nursing plays a special role. A specially trained group of nurses are the cornerstone to helping patients recover faster and ultimately achieve success after bariatric surgery.

Through special training with the bariatric surgeons, nurses have been taught to deal with all aspects of behavior modification, psychiatric issues, post-operative care and support as it relates to the care of bariatric surgery patients. Nurses have attended special training classes and have also participated in the support group that offers a caring ear to patients before and after surgery.

From the moment the patient awakes from surgery, the nurse is the key person in the team of healthcare professionals who will care for the patient. Becoming ambulatory immediately coupled with strict diet reinforcement and behavior modification are the keys to bariatric surgery recovery.

Modifying your behavior towards diet is challenging for anyone. But for bariatric surgery patients it's critical to recovery from the surgery as well as to overall weight loss success.

While most patients do not experience any major complications it is important to recognize and treat them early. Nurses are specially trained to assist in any problems that may arise from bariatric surgery.


Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155, Suite 100
(781) 306-6166

School of Nursing is located directly next to Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.

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Are you considering weight loss surgery? Do you want to learn from other patients that have recently had surgery? Then join the conversation. Hallmark Health System's Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has gone social. We invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter or on our blog.

Information seminars

Once a month a surgical information seminar is held for patients who would like to learn more about weight loss surgery. Admission to these meetings is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend but participation is mandatory if you want to proceed with weight loss surgery.

During these meetings we review the biology of obesity and the rationale behind surgical intervention in appropriately selected cases. Realities versus expectations regarding the Lap-Band procedure, the Roux-Y gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy will be discussed.

We also review the differences between laparoscopic and open bariatric surgery. Patients, who would be potential candidates for surgery, will have a unique opportunity get an insight into the preparation for surgery, perioperative management and postoperative care. There is absolutely no pressure to proceed with surgery for anyone who attends this meeting.

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All sessions take place at 6 p.m. at the Johnson Conference Room, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Ave., Medford, unless otherwise indicated.

 

October 8, 2014

 

November 12, 2014

 

December 10, 2014

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar Online

We created an online version of our information seminar meeting for prospective patients who would not be able to attend the live meeting due to scheduling conflicts, transportation problems or other reasonable issues. Please note that the live seminar meeting is always preferable since it is interactive and we can address any of your concerns.However, if you feel that it is not possible for you to attend the live meeting and you have access to a computer with fast internet connection, you may call our office at (781) 306-6166 and ask for the password to view the online seminar.The seminar takes almost two hours to complete and there is a quiz at the end. The presentation will forward to the quiz automatically and completing the quiz is mandatory if you want to proceed with an office consultation. The quiz is very simple but a passing score is difficult to get if you don’t watch the entire presentation. The results will be emailed to our office automatically. You may repeat the test as many time as necessary to obtain the passing score.

You may click on the link here to watch the online seminar meeting:

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System requirements:
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Adobe Flash can be obtained from here - http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

Support groups

Participants in Hallmark Health System's Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery reap the benefit of ongoing education and support from peers, as well as experienced and caring professionals. The program involves much more than coming to the hospital, having surgery and going home. Staff will be there to educate and support patients every step of the way-before and after surgery. Support group is an integral part of the program. In addition to one-on-one access to clinical, nutritional and behavioral health specialists, patients learn from the experts and each other about the lifestyle changes that accompany long-term weight loss through the program's monthly support group. Before and after surgery, the group gives patients the opportunity to learn and share. Physicians, surgeons, nutritionists, mental health specialists, plastic surgeons, physical therapists, potential patients, pre-surgery patients and post-surgery patients are among the 150 to 200 people who attend each month.

Dr. Sandor's Support Group

Below are the dates for Dr. Sandor's Center for Weight Management & Weight Loss Surgery Post-Bariatric Surgery Support Group.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Johnson Conference Room, 7:30 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial/Regis College School of Nursing and Radiography, Classroom C, 6 p.m.

November 12 October 8
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Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is the first bariatric protein supplement designed using the knowledge of a team of highly experienced bariatric practitioners and the feedback of over 3,000 bariatric patients. Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is intended to provide patients with a fast, convenient, and affordable way to receive the highest quality bariatric protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals essential before and after weight loss surgery. Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is formulated for Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, VBG, DS, and BPD patients.

Bariatric Fusion® Meal Replacement is intended to supplement a healthy diet and provide high quality bariatric protein, fiber, and additional vitamins and minerals before and after weight loss surgery. It is not to be used as a sole source of nutrition.

This product can be found in our gift shop at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.


 

Mary Kazis

Megan McDonough before surgeryBeing overweight is something Methuen resident Mary Kazis has struggled with her entire life. She tried every program and fad diet she could find, but they never worked for her. One way or another Kazis was always able to keep it from getting out of control – that is until she had her son. After that she felt like she was gaining 10 pounds a year.

“My weight was getting so out of control,” said Kazis, 34. “I used to like to get dressed up, put on makeup and go out. At that point I just wanted to stay in the house. I didn’t want people to see me.”
Megan McDonough after surgery
The turning point came when Kazis and her husband, Peter took their son Nico, now 3, to Storyland in New Hampshire. She took her son on a ride, but had a hard time fitting in the space.

“I thought to myself ‘I can’t even take him on these rides,’” Kazis recalled. “That was a huge red flag to me.”

Kazis attended an information seminar at the Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery and met with Andras Sandor, MD and was immediately impressed with the staff’s level of professionalism and knowledge.

It has been a year since Kazis had gastric bypass surgery with Dr. Sandor and she has lost 95 pounds. She recently ran a 5K, something she never thought she would be able to do, and goes to the gym regularly. Kazis has also had to change the way she eats and keeps track of all of her meals and snacks to make sure she stays on track.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made other than having my son,” she said. “I feel like I glow. I just feel so much better.”

Kazis had a lot of fears and anxiety about undergoing surgery, and assumes most people in her position feel the same way. She said in the end it was the best thing for her and her family and couldn’t be happier.

“Surgery is scary, but your health is scarier,” said Kazis. “This day and age you need to be on top of your health.”

 

 

 

 

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Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery brochure

Patient testimonial flyer

Non-surgical Weight Loss Program flyer

Bariatric Diet Stages Lap Band

Bariatric Diet Stages Sleeve

Bariatric Diet Stages Gastric

Vitamin Regimen Gastric

Vitamin Regimen Sleeve


Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155, Suite 100
(781) 306-6166
School of Nursing is located directly next to Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford.

Directions

 

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Are you considering weight loss surgery? Do you want to learn from other patients that have recently had surgery? Then join the conversation. Hallmark Health System's Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has gone social. We invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter or on our blog.

Listen to podcasts from the director of the Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery, Dr. Andras Sandor and one of his patients. Click here to listen.

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