|Weight Management/Weight Loss Surgery|
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|Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar|
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Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Ave, Medford, MA 02155, Suite 100
|Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, American Society for Bariatric Surgery|
|Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, Blue Cross Blue Shield|
|Multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, respiratory and physical therapists|
I’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.
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.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has also been designated as a “Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery” by Blue Cross Blue Shield.* 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.
* Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organization recommendations. Today, more than 800 Blue Distinction Center designations have been awarded to facilities nationwide, providing consumers with a framework for making informed decisions on where to go for specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers and transplants.