There are several surgical weight loss options available today and there is no need to worry about making the decision on your own. Making the decision to commit to weight loss surgery can seem frightening, confusing and intimidating. Dr. Neil Floch, Dr. Craig Floch, and Dr. Abe Fridman will guide you in selecting the weight loss surgery best suited for your needs. Our surgeons are recognized as expert bariatric surgeons in Connecticut who offer the highest standard of surgical care in laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Our practice, Fairfield County Bariatrics, has performed over 4500 weight loss procedures and is recognized as a Center of Excellence® in Connecticut and recognized throughout the country. The programs in the hospitals in which they operate; Norwalk Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Program and St. Vincent's Bariatric Surgery Program are equally recognized as Centers of Excellence®. We are now also performing weight loss surgery at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut.
Together with their staff, Dr. Neil Floch, Dr. Craig Floch and Dr. Abe Fridman will provide a comprehensive and multi-dimensional weight loss program that will address all aspects of your life. We will provide postoperative nutritional and psychological support, which are essential components to the success of The Fairfield County Bariatrics Program. Counseling in these areas contribute to our patients' success in achieving and maintaining their goals. Monthly support groups and preoperative and postoperative nutritional assistance by a registered dietician, specializing in helping obese patients achieve their desired weight loss and achieve optimal health are major ingredients of our program. We will start you on an exercise program that is unique to your needs.
Our program is designed to not only help you lose the weight, but keep it off as you experience long term success.
LAPAROSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY in Connecticut
This procedure is often considered as an option for patients who may not choose the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band or the Laparoscopic Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass. This operation, like the others, also reduces the size of the stomach. It is performed laparoscopically with staples to create a small tube shaped stomach about the size of a banana. A portion of the stomach is removed, resulting in patients having less hunger and feeling the sensation of fullness after eating less food. This procedure allows for normal digestion and absorption. The food that is consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, which allows the food to be fully absorbed in the body. The procedure utilizes your natural pylorus valve to regulate when food should empty into the rest of the body. The average person will lose 60% of their excess weight.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy was originally a two-step procedure where a small stomach sleeve is created as the first step. The second step is then completed after a period of time if the patient does not lose enough weight with the first step. A section of the small intestine is directly attached to the stomach pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine and enables the body to absorb fewer calories and consume less food. This two-step procedure is often done because patients may not be able to tolerate both procedures during a single operation. The second part is usually unnecessary.
Reduction of the ghrelin hunger-regulating hormone • The risk of overall complications is less • Less radical surgery than the gastric bypass • Follow up visits required for fills in gastric banding are not necessary • Unlike gastric banding, no foreign objects are left in the body that may slip, erode or become infected. • All nutrients are absorbed and very little chance exists of absorption issues.
The procedure is irreversible • Possibility of leakage creating fluids that could become infected • Does not always produce the expected weight loss. It is possible to regain lost weight with the intake of foods with a high calorie content • The gastric sleeve can stretch causing weight to be regained. • Blood clots • Wound infection • Heartburn and reflux
Bleeding • Infection • Leakage of stomach • Reflux • Need for further surgery • Injury to surrounding organs • Minimal weight loss • Blood clots
Fairfield County Bariatrics will to try to make your decision to have this surgery come true. Please visit with us at one of our free seminars. You can view the seminar schedule and register for the seminar on this website: www.endtheweight.com. Many weight loss surgical procedures are covered by health insurance. Every plan is different and benefits are constantly changing. Our insurance experts will acquire the necessary information and help you through the process of getting approved for your procedure. If it is determined that you do not have the coverage, please don't be discouraged. Our office can provide you with various financing options. We can direct you to financing companies who specialize in funding surgical procedures. The procedure can also be paid in full or on a payment plan that is right for your personal situation.
You are welcome to call our office and we will supply you with a free insurance evaluation. We are here to assist and support you from your initial decision, to the actual surgery and the after care for your long-term weight loss. Our staff will carry you through the process and minimize your fears, pressures and help you overcome your concerns.
Our weight loss surgery team makes the long term care of your weight loss easy and guides you on a lifelong path to freedom from obesity that is safe, enjoyable and satisfying.