Central Maine Bariatric Surgery helps those who are seeking treatment for obesity.
Central Maine Bariatric Surgery's (CMBS) comprehensive program offers all the services someone needs to experience the best outcome from their procedure, plus the tools needed to have long-term success.
Bariatric surgery is a tool for weight loss, not the cure. But coupled with a commitment to diet and exercise, it is a powerful tool that can help patients achieve a healthier and fuller life. CMBS has many resources available to help patients achieve success, including monthly support groups, and one-on-one follow-ups with dietitians and a social worker.
Because obesity often leads to other medical conditions, CMBS defines success not only by the amount of weight someone loses, but also by improvements in their quality of life.
Bariatric surgery also improves or cures most medical problems associated with obesity, including hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, degenerative arthritis, sleep apnea, urinary stress incontinence, and gastro-esophageal reflux. Once patients begin to lose weight, they can usually reduce or stop taking medications for these medical problems.
CMBS’s experienced surgeons are certified by the American Board of Surgery, and are affiliated with the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. They are trained in state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques that result in fewer complications and faster recovery. They are assisted by a multidisciplinary team that includes skilled physician assistants and surgical assistants, dietitians, nurses, and behavioral health specialists.
Successful weight loss surgery is a process that happens over an extended timeframe. Although there is a general plan for all patients, each person’s own process depends upon their individual needs.
Most people get a feeling whether bariatric surgery may be right for them after attending one of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery’s (CMBS) twice-monthly Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions. In fact, patients are required to attend one of the sessions.
If a potential patient concludes that bariatric surgery offers a realistic health benefit option, he or she may request a meeting with members of the CMBS team. If the patient and the team agree that the program is a viable option, the patient will begin the process of education and testing that may lead to surgery.
After surgery, CMBS continues to support the patient. In fact, patients will members of the bariatric team frequently during the first year and annually thereafter. This kind of ongoing support is important in helping bariatric surgery patients reach their weight loss goal, remain at the goal, all the while staying healthy and feeling fit.
Bariatric surgery is a tool for weight loss, not the cure. A commitment to diet and exercise to achieve a healthier and fuller life is essential for long-term success. Surgery is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle – it is a measure that allows diet and exercise to actually work.
Central Maine Bariatric Surgery offers patients three options for the surgical treatment of obesity:
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: This is an operation that restricts the amount of food that can be eaten and limits the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. The surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be consumed. The pouch is connected to a section of the small intestine, allowing food to bypass the lower stomach and the first two parts of the small intestine.
Adjustable Gastric Banding: This surgery is a "restrictive" operation that limits food intake and does not interfere with the regular digestive process. A silicone band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch. Food can pass from the upper to the lower stomach regions, but it moves through the new opening slowly, leaving the patient feeling full longer, after consuming less food.
Sleeve Gastrectomy: This bariatric procedure generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten, but without bypassing the intestines. The stomach is divided vertically and more than 85 percent is removed. The remaining stomach is shaped like a thin banana.
Learn more about Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, the surgical options it offers, and the support it provides patients.