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The Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center is a fully integrated center that supports the spectrum of needs for people of all ages seeking help with obesity and weight loss. We provide individualized, multidisciplinary consultation and innovative obesity treatment, including state-of-the-art medical and surgical programs.
As part of the Digestive Healthcare Center at Mass General, our patients have access to specialists in obesity medicine, bariatric surgery, psychology, nutrition, endocrinology, gastroenterology and pediatrics in one location.
We believe weight and eating disorders must be treated by compassionate and knowledgeable professionals who take advantage of the latest scientific developments and tailor treatment to each patient's needs. As part of the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, we are on the leading-edge of obesity research and our patients have access to the newest therapies and trials available.
We are committed to the lifelong care of our patients. Whether we first meet our patients as children or adults, our programs encourage close, long-term follow-up to ensure that patients achieve and maintain an improved quality of life.
Following attendance at new patient orientation, patients are scheduled for a three-part consultation with a physician specializing in obesity medicine (internist, gastroenterologist or endocrinologist), dietitian and psychologist specializing in obesity.
Learn more about the new patient orientation and consultation at the Mass General Weight Center
After the initial consultation, your care team members will meet to share their impressions and develop your personalized treatment plan. Each plan is divided into discrete phases reflecting your goals and based on your stage of treatment. Your treatment may include involvement with one or more of the following programs:
The Mass General Weight Center is now seeing adult patients in Danvers, MA, for medical and surgical weight management. New patient orientations and group programs are also available in Danvers. For more information, call 617-726-0373.
Health and education is a cornerstone of our patient care programs. We want patients and primary care physicians to make informed decisions about the patient’s treatment options. We will provide information on many topics related to weight, including:
The Mass General Weight Center is strongly committed to advancing our understanding of the causes, complications and effective treatment of weight disorders. We have an active and diverse clinical research program, and we strongly encourage our patients to participate and become our partners in this important research effort.
Learn more about Weight Center research in the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute
Patients need to be referred to the Mass General Weight Center. Once referred, patients attend orientation and then receive a multidisciplinary consultation, which may result in their enrollment in one of our medical or surgical management programs. We also serve as a referral center for patients who had prior weight loss surgeries and are struggling with weight gain or other post-surgical complications. Decisions about patient care are made collaboratively with the patient, the Weight Center team and the referring physician.Refer a patient by contacting our new patient coordinator at 617-726-0373. Once we have received your referral, we will call your patient within one week to schedule an orientation session. We offer three orientation sessions each month and most new patients can be scheduled to attend within two weeks of their referral.
Learn more about referring a patient to the Weight Center
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction).
Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing.
Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, become narrowed.
Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine because of a sensitivity to gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. This hereditary disorder interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food.
Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.
Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, or sugar diabetes.
The term eating disorders refers to a variety of disorders. The common feature of all the eating disorders is abnormal eating behaviors. Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be life threatening.
A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.
Gas in the digestive tract is created from swallowing air or by
the breakdown of certain foods by the bacteria that are present in the colon.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that is caused by gastric acid flowing from the stomach into the esophagus.
Gastroparesis is a stomach disorder in which the stomach takes too long in emptying its contents.
Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the glucose level is elevated and other diabetic symptoms appear during pregnancy in a woman who has not previously been diagnosed with diabetes.
A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs.
Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other health care provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen and is usually accompanied by nausea, bloating or gas, a feeling of fullness, and, sometimes, vomiting.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke.
Obesity increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.
Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when flow of air is obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula.
Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, and sugar diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.
New findings about the mechanisms involved – or not involved – in the effects of the most common form of bariatric surgery suggest that combining surgery with a specific type of medication could augment the benefits of the procedure.
Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the link between obesity and the rise in liver diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Currently no Massachusetts law prohibits weight-based discrimination in the workplace. W. Scott Butsch, MD, MSc, an obesity medicine specialist in the MGH Weight Center, is working to change that.
Kathleen Corey, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Fatty Liver Clinic and co-director of the Mass General Weight Center, discusses the connection between obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center surgeon Ozanan Meireles, MD, answers common questions about the effect of bariatric surgery on individuals with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
Thomas Gagnon arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital expecting to receive a kidney transplant. Instead, he was referred to the Mass General Weight Center for life-changing obesity treatment.
During the procedure, an endoscope with a thin, deflated balloon is inserted through the patient’s mouth and placed into the stomach. The balloon is then filled with sterile saline until it is about the size of a grapefruit, and stays in the stomach for six months. No incisions are made during this nonivasive procedure.
After six months, a nonsurgical procedure, similar to the balloon insertion, is performed to remove the gastric balloon. The balloon is deflated first and then removed.
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center
Mass General Weight Center Danvers Clinic
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care104 Endicott StreetSuite 200 (General Surgery)Danvers, MA 01923Phone: 617-726-0373Fax: 617-724-6565Email: email@example.com
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ParkingOn-street parking in downtown Boston is scarce. The two best options are listed below:Parking at the Massachusetts General Hospital$8 per dayThe Mass General Weight Center is located approximately four blocks from the parking garages. You can either walk or take the campus shuttle bus. View Campus MapParking in the 50 Staniford Street Garage$26 for three hours or moreThere is an underground parking garage at 50 Staniford Street. Unfortunately, this garage is very expensive and there are no patient discounts. The garage entrance is located on Staniford Street to the right of the main entrance to the building.Public TransportationThe Mass General Weight Center can be reached by the Red Line, by getting off at the MGH/Charles Street T Stop, and by the Blue Line, by using the Bowdoin T Stop. North Station and commuter rail connections are only minutes from our office.Please note that neither the Red Line nor the Blue Line stations are handicap accessible. The Green Line, Haymarket T-stop is the nearest handicap accessible stop.MBTA Website
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