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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About Your Surgery

These interactive programs provide easy-to-understand information about gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgery, and can help prepare you for your procedure. Please note, our requirements, recommendations, and pathways may differ from what is presented.


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.