The Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management program is a cooperative effort by Southern Maine Medical Center to provide patients with obesity access to advanced approaches to weight loss by either (bariatric) surgery or weight management.
Over 64 percent of American adults are overweight and roughly 15 million are severely overweight. Severe obesity is defined as people who are greater that 100 pounds over their ideal body weight for their height. For the majority of these people medical therapies such as dieting, change in eating behaviors or drugs have resulted in temporary weight loss often with regaining of that weight and more. Over 300,000 Americans die each year as a result of obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, acid reflux disease to name a few. The ultimate goal is to cause significant weight loss and to maintain long term weight loss through bariatric surgery. Surgery is the only treatment proven to reliably achieve long term weight loss, ease or reverse the obesity-related health conditions in the severe obesity and is a recommended treatment by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Southern Maine Medical Center’s Weight Loss Surgery program offers weight management counseling as well as three surgical procedures: laparoscopic Rou-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding, and the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Where can I learn more?
SMMC's Weight Loss Surgery team conducts free educational seminars for patients interested in learning more about our program. We encourage patients to bring their support partner to the information session as well. These seminars are conducted at SMMC's 2nd floor classrooms every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7pm. The remaining 2013 dates are: September 11, October 9, November 6 and December 11.
Attendance at an educational seminar is mandatory in order to start the enrollment process in the weight loss surgery program. You will be able to meet members of the bariatric team. You will learn general information about weight loss surgery at SMMC and pick up an application.
For more information, you may also call Kim Bouchard RN, Bariatric Program Coordinator at (207) 294-8342.