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STEP 2
OPTIMIZATION

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

You’ve considered your options, consulted your primary care physician, and decided bariatric surgery is right for you. Now it’s time to meet the care team, who will help prepare you for a safe, successful surgery.

 

Our Multidisciplinary Team

Our care team consists of bariatric surgeons (who have performed hundreds of weight loss surgeries), advanced practitioners, certified bariatric nurses, psychologists, dietitian, and physical and occupational therapists. You can feel confident at Wentworth-Douglass, where you’ll be cared for by one of the best bariatric teams on the Seacoast.

Health Screening

To ensure bariatric surgery is the next best step for your health, we’ll start by walking you through various screenings and a full Health and Physical Examination. If another, more pressing health condition is discovered, we’ll prioritize that treatment first.


Preparing Your Mind & Body

Even before surgery, we’ll help you lose weight. You’ll meet with a bariatric nurse, dietitian, and physical therapist who will help you set a preoperative weight-loss goal. Meeting this goal will result in a safer surgery and kickstart the eating and exercise habits you’ll continue post-operation.

Bariatric surgery can be an emotional experience. To help navigate these emotions, you'll participate in behavioral modification classes to help you address some of the unhealthy behaviors that contribute to obesity.


Planning For After

The goal of our care team isn't just a successful surgery, but a successful life after it. We want to help you live your best life, so together we’ll craft a post-surgical health plan that keeps you on track.

See Michelle D.'s Story

“Now I can rollerblade and ride a bike. I don't need a seatbelt extension on a plane. I went to the Dominican, and I power sailed for the first time. It was on my bucket list for years. I do a lot of activities now. Kayaking. Hiking. I've done four 5Ks! All things I wanted to do or wished I could do, but you know, you're not motivated to do until you lose the weight.”

—Michelle D. from Rochester, NH

 

Sign up now for a free weight loss surgery info session!

Learn about your bariatric surgery options at our free information sessions, held monthly at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Portsmouth Outpatient Center.

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