Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric)

About Bariatric Surgery

More than 60 percent of Americans are overweight or suffer from obesity. Obesity impairs quality of life and interferes with mental and emotional health. The following symptoms should not be ignored:
  • Increased isolation from friends and family
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Addictive behaviors involving eating, alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, internet activity, sex or other compulsions
  • Inability to exercise or decreased mobility and energy
“Morbid obesity” is a medical term to describe a chronic, progressive condition that is very difficult to treat. Simply stepping on the scale is not always the best way to measure obesity. Patients can calculate their body Mass Index (BMI) to learn whether they are carrying excessive body fat relative to their body type.

BMI and Bariatric Surgery Qualifications
  • BMI of 40 or above, or at 100 pounds above the recommended body weight range
  • BMI of 35-40, with a potentially life-threatening medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension or sleep apnea
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Patients who fall into one of the categories above and have seriously engaged in a commercial weight loss program supervised by a medical professional, for at least 6 continuous months without success, may be candidates for bariatric surgery. Learn more by contacting Greenwich Hospital’s bariatric program coordinator, Kate Melei at 203-863-3636 or email Katrina.Melei@greenwichhospital.org.

Clearances for Surgery

  1. Consult with bariatric surgeon
  2. Undergo insurance required medical appointments (for example: primary care physician, nutritionist, psychologist, pulmonologist, cardiologist)
  3. Follow-up with bariatric surgeon

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