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Surgeons in the Mass General Weight Center are members of a multidisciplinary team of obesity experts that are leading the way in providing individualized consultation and innovative obesity treatment, including state-of-the-art medical and surgical programs. Our team includes:
Mass General surgeons perform a high volume of weight loss surgeries and achieve excellent outcomes. Each is a board-certified, Harvard Medical School-affiliated surgeon who specializes in treating patients with complex medical disorders related to obesity as well as weight disorders and metabolic disease. According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 11% of our patients undergoing weight loss surgery had an illness before their surgery categorized as major or extreme, compared with a statewide figure of 2%. This specialization requires advanced training and a highly focused clinical practice.
Mass General is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Blue Distinction Centers are healthcare facilities recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care.
The Mass General Department of Surgery and Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness have been recognized for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). Hospitals achieve this distinction based on composite quality score in the outcomes in mortality and complications such as cardiac, respiratory, unplanned intubation, ventilator greater than 48 hours, renal failure, surgical site infections and urinary tract infections for all surgery cases.
This recognition reflects the outstanding performance of the hospital’s surgical teams in providing patient care at many levels. This distinction goes to only approximately 10 percent of the 680 participating hospitals entering data into NSQIP. View the most recent data
Mass General is an accredited member of the American College of Bariatric Surgery Center Network. We offer the following surgical options for appropriate patients seeking weight loss:
In addition, the Mass General Body Contouring Program performs body-contouring procedures to remove excess skin and reshape the body to its desired proportions following weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery is an effective way to lose weight and reduce your risk of obesity-related medical conditions. Watch this video to learn more about weight loss surgery.
As a candidate for weight loss surgery, you will attend a Weight Center orientation and then receive a new patient consultation with each member of your care team. If surgery is recommended, you will meet with one of our surgeons to discuss our surgical treatment programs in greater detail.
In addition to our surgeons, your multidisciplinary team may include:
All medical and surgical visits are billed to the patient's insurance company. Some components of the program may not be covered by insurance. To learn more about insurance coverage, call 617-726-4400. Weight Center staff are available to answer your questions.
Accepting New Patients
Before and after your surgery, we work with your entire treatment team to design an individualized treatment plan that promotes long-term weight loss. Experts are available for counseling on nutrition, exercise and behavior modification along with medical management of related diseases.We also offer pediatric evaluation and treatments for obesity in conjunction with MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Your surgical evaluation begins with a Weight Center new patient orientation. This is an one-hour lecture led by one of our obesity experts who will explain obesity, the weight center, and both medical and surgical treatments that best fit your needs. You will then receive a call to schedule an initial evaluation by a multidisciplinary team including a psychologist, dietician and in some cases, an internist specializing in obesity medicine.
Pre-surgery Nutrition Program
Your insurance company and/or your Weight Center team may require you to attend a three to six month pre-surgery program consisting of nutrition and, in some cases, psychology visits. The Weight Center has developed a pre-surgery program that helps you prepare for surgery both physically and psychologically. Nutrition education is centered on achieving pre-surgery weight loss to reduce surgical risks, understanding a healthy lifestyle and teaching healthy eating habits. The psychological component of this program is focused on providing you the tools and techniques for achieving pre-weight loss surgery goals. This program fulfills the pre-operative requirements of several insurance companies and may be recommended by our team or required before enrolling in our surgical management program.
Pre-surgery “Shrink the Liver” Diet
Studies show that rapid weight loss before bariatric surgery results in significant decrease in the size of the liver. This size decrease makes the surgery technically less difficult and faster, reducing postoperative complications. All patients who are scheduled for weight loss surgery are encouraged to lose some weight prior to surgery, and our dietitians have developed a meal replacement diet specifically designed to induce weight loss. You will meet with a dietitian to individualize this weight loss plan.
The Surgical Management Program
Preparing for weight loss surgery is important, and our program is designed to provide you with the information you will need to succeed in losing weight and in avoiding postoperative complications. You will be required to meet again with your entire team before surgery, as well as attend two group nutrition education classes. During these classes, you will be provided with instructions on your postoperative diet, and how to prepare for surgery.
The Surgical Management Program is designed to prepare you for gastric weight loss surgery and to monitor, guide and support you post-operatively. The six-month post-operative program is divided into two, three-month phases.
To keep the cost to a minimum, all medical and surgical visits are billed to the patient’s insurance company. Some components of the program may not be covered by insurance. Learn more about these costs
At Mass General, we believe it's important to provide safe and effective care. The Department of Surgery tracks many performance measures and compares them to national data. On the following pages, you can view some of these metrics.
Bariatric Surgery Case Volume See how Mass General’s bariatric surgery volumes compare to national accreditation standards.
Patient Ratings of Bariatric Surgeons See how Mass General’s bariatric surgery patients rate their doctors.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Learn more about the benefits and risks of laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Learn more about the benefits and risks of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center50 Staniford Street4th FloorBoston, MA 02114Phone: 617-726-4400Fax: 617-724-6565Email: email@example.comHours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
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