People everywhere are seeking a healthy lifestyle that includes lasting solutions for effective weight loss. Obesity has become a growing national health problem that can often contribute to the development of multiple issues such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and sleep apnea. When diet and exercise on their own have not worked, or obesity-related medical issues have developed because of excess weight, bariatric (weight loss) surgery is often the most effective way for some to lose weight.
South Shore Hospital (SSH), in clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), offers a joint bariatric program designed to help patients achieve long-term, continual weight loss. Neil D. Ghushe, MD, FACS, of Brigham and Women’s Surgical Associates, serves as the program's bariatric surgeon.
“The decision to have bariatric surgery involves significant lifestyle changes,” says Dr. Ghushe. “Long-term success depends not just on the surgical procedure, but also on availability of services that support you in making permanent changes in diet, fitness and emotional well-being.”
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, when there is a comprehensive program in place that offers support throughout one’s weight loss journey, patients are more likely to achieve long-term weight control and a healthier lifestyle.
Patients now have access to these services locally at Brigham and Women’s Surgical Associates in Weymouth. While the surgical procedure itself is currently performed at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, patients may choose to have local pre-operative ancillary tests and post-operative care at South Shore Hospital or another patient-preferred provider.
Scott Gillis, a 44-year-old Weymouth resident, knew it was time to consider a bariatric procedure after his hernia returned a second time.
“Having my hernia come back a second time after surgery made me realize that my struggle with weight loss was a big reason,” Scott said. “Dr. Ghushe walked me through all my options, gave me pros and cons for each, to help me make an informed decision.”
Only six short months after having the sleeve gastrectomy operation laparoscopically, Scott has lost over 80 pounds. The minimally invasive “sleeve” removes part of the stomach and leaves a smaller, tube-shaped stomach or “sleeve.” As with most bariatric procedures, the sleeve option reduces the size of the stomach and restricts the amount of food patients can eat at one time, helping them feel full sooner.
“Dr. Ghushe and the entire team took the time to get to know me and my unique situation,” Scott recalled. “They were always there to encourage and answer questions, helping me stay motivated to focus on my life-long commitment to control my weight through a healthy lifestyle.”
Much thought, preparation, testing, and follow-up comes with the decision to undergo bariatric surgery, including preoperative behavioral health assessments, nutrition assessments and counseling, weight-loss classes, and surgical consultations. The joint bariatric program at South Shore Hospital offers a full continuum of these services designed to help patients on their journey to healthier living.
For more information, call 617-732-8500 ext. 1 or attend an upcoming information session. You can also learn more about the program by visiting the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital.