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
I am a CDL Delivery Driver. I've had problems with Diabetes since 1997. I was to the point of losing my CDL License because the Diabetes got out of hand. I had to either go on Insulin, or have Gastric By-Pass Surgery. I chose Gastric By-Pass Surgery for Diabetic reasons, and to improve my health conditions. Before making this decision I weighed 334 pounds. When I had the surgery done in January of 2009, I weighed 297 pounds. Today, I was weighed at my PCP's office, I now weigh 198 pounds!! I am off my Byetta, and Glucovance, which are diabetic medications.I am off of cholesterol medications: Tricor, and now only take 1/2 a pill of Simvistatin, and in my next PCP visit in 3 months, the DR. feels I will be completely off Simvistatin. Blood Pressure has come way down, he feels in his next visit I will go from 100mg to 50 mg of Cozaar. I have gone from a size 50 inch waist down to 36 inch waist size. I have stuck to the program that Dr. Felix and Dr. Wilcox has prescribed, and I haven't experienced any set backs. This has been a WIN WIN situation for me, and I feel Great. I have never been this thin, but most importantly, I am Healthier. I wish to thank both Dr. Felix and Dr. Wilcox for performing this surgical Procedure on me, and I highly recommend it to everyone health issues. They truly can help you, but it is up to you to make it work.
 

- Bill



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