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Weight Loss Surgery – Is it Right for You?

Are you significantly overweight and found that diet and exercise did not keep the weight off for very long? You are not alone. Studies have shown that 95% of individuals who try diet and exercise will eventually regain the weight.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID Plymouth) and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID Milton) may have the answer. The two Beth Israel Lahey Health community hospitals now provide high-quality bariatric (weight loss) surgery to the residents of Plymouth County. Residents can watch an online session from the privacy of their homes to learn more about the health risks of obesity and weight loss surgery.

For those who qualify for weight loss surgery, preliminary evaluations will be performed at BID Plymouth with the operations performed at the nationally accredited BID Milton. Future plans call for more extensive evaluations and pre-operative testing to be performed at BID Plymouth.

The BID Milton Weight Loss Surgery Program is a community-based, center of excellence for the Beth Israel Deaconess Bariatric Network. The program offers a full complement of minimally invasive weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. Many of the procedures can be performed with robotic surgery. BID Milton has the largest robotic surgery program on the South Shore.

“The BID Plymouth and BID Milton weight loss surgery partnership provides patients in the Greater Plymouth area coordinated access to a nationally accredited program that is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health,” says Madhu Siddeswarappa, MD, Bariatric Surgeon, BID Plymouth. “In the future we plan on bringing additional weight loss surgery services to BID Plymouth.”

Besides Dr. Siddeswarappa performing weight loss surgery on patients from the Greater Plymouth area, fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in the program include Souheil Adra, MD; Morgan Bresnick, MD; and Rahul Gupta, MD.

A recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 40% of US adults over the age of 20 were classified as obese. Obesity has been tightly linked to many health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, even certain cancers. Weight loss surgery is considered appropriate for individuals ages 18 -70 with a body max index (BMI) of 35 – 40 with a related health condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or a BMI of 40 plus with no related health condition.

Prospective patients must first register to watch an online information session at: www.bidplymouth-weightloss.org/