Healthcare Providers

Physicians

Surgical Outcomes: Hope Bariatrics

Geoffrey H. Wilcox, MD, FACS

Michael D. Felix, MD, FACS

2056 patients from 2003 – September, 2012

30 day mortality 0.2%
Leak 0.5%
Band Slippage 0.2%
Band Removal 0.2%
Band Erosion 0.09%
DVT 0.3%
PE 0.1%
Re-admission within 30 days 2.7%
Re-operation within 30 days 1.5%

“Support System” Approach

Hope Bariatrics utilizes multiple healthcare disciplines as part of the bariatric program to create a “Support System” for the bariatric patient. An important component of this Support System is pre and post-operative education that begins at a one hour seminar presented by the surgeons. Potential patients have an opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session after the seminar with the surgeons and other members of the healthcare team. Patients who may be physically unable to attend the seminar may view a seminar on our website and take a post-seminar quiz.

Dietary education, an important part of our program, is directed by our dietitian, Denise Stuart, RD, LD. Ms Stuart stays informed of the current vitamin and protein recommendations to guide patients post-operatively. She also does our pre-operative dietary evaluations, educating patients on pre-operative diet requirements.

Psychological evaluations are required before a patient can move forward with gastric bypass surgery. The Staunton Clinic (Heritage Valley Health System) and qualified mental health professionals (i.e. psychiatrists, clinical psychologists) chosen by the patient, may conduct these evaluations.

Fitness evaluations for bariatric patients may be conducted by an exercise physiologist before or after gastric bypass surgery. We encourage all patients to increase physical activity gradually and safely.


Hope Bariatric Protocol

Indications for Surgical Treatment

Contraindications for Surgical Treatment

Pre-op testing
At the first office visit we will order:

For insurance approval the patient must provide to us:

When we receive all the above information and test results, the insurance company is contacted and authorization is obtained. After surgery is authorized, the patient has a second office visit.
Pre-Op Tests (to be completed within 4 weeks of gastric bypass surgery):
Lab work:

Additional tests:

Post-op follow-up
Post-Surgery Follow-Up Protocol /Office visits are required at (at least)

Nurses

Pre and Post Op Issues

Pre-Admission Review

Dietitians

Psychologists

 

Exercise Physiologists/Fitness

Pharmacists

Internet Resources

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
My weight issues started when I was going into my teenage years. When I got married and had two wonderful children my weight became even more out of control. Having two children and a lifelong battle with food, I finally decided that it was time to get my life and weight under control. I decided that it was time for me to under go gastric by-pass surgery. The morning I went in for my surgery I was not even a bit scared. I knew I was doing the right thing for myself. That's right FOR MYSELF! I weighed 263 lbs. that morning. 9 1/2 months later I weighed 138 lbs. I have gone from a size 22/24 to a size 4/6. Everyday is a challenge!! Some may think it was the easy way out. Those are the people who don't know what it is like to live on the other side of the scale. I would like to think I could be an inspiration to those who have had a life long battle with their weight, because I know what it is like on the other side. I no longer live on a diet. I live on what I now call "life". I said good-bye to my 20's and hello to the thin person that I have always wanted to be. Thank you Dr. Felix and your wonderfull staff. You gave me my life back. Sincerely, Cindy
 

- Cindy



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