Bariatric Surgery

metabolic bariatric surgery accreditationWeight loss surgery can benefit appropriately selected patients in many ways. In addition to weight loss, most patients experience improvement in medical conditions, a decrease in medications and better quality of life. Discover new developments in research that show how weight loss surgery helps treat type 2 diabetes.

Appropriate Weight

The main criteria used for determining eligibility for weight loss surgery is called Body Mass Index or BMI. You can calculate your BMI by using a BMI table. In order to qualify for weight loss surgery, you must have a BMI of 40 or higher. If you have a BMI of 35 and medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea you may also be eligible for weight loss surgery. Individuals with a BMI of less than 35 do not qualify for either type of weight loss surgery at Maine Medical Center.

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Our Services

The Weight & Wellness Program offers two types of weight loss operations, both of which are performed through small incisions with the assistance of a video camera. This type of surgery typically results in a faster, more comfortable recovery.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This procedure involves separating the stomach into two chambers, one very small and one large. A portion of the small intestine is then connected to the small stomach chamber. The operation works by giving patients a feeling of fullness after eating very little food. On average, patients lose 50-70% of their excess body weight.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery works in one way: it is restrictive. Commonly referred to as the “sleeve” procedure, this surgery is restrictive because a percentage of the stomach is permanently removed. Most people feel satisfied after eating a very small amount of food. The result is weight loss due to eating less.

This procedure will take approximately 1-2 hours in the operating room. Patients can plan on staying in the hospital for about 2 days after surgery. Most patients return to work or usual daily activities in 2-3 weeks.

Weight Loss Surgery

If you’re interested in learning about weight loss surgery, our team of nationally-recognized physicians and support staff is here for you every step of the way. The MMC Weight & Wellness Program is the most experienced in Maine, and has a history of exceptional patient outcomes to back it up.