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 want to thank Dr. Felix and the staff at Hope Bariatrics. They have all been very caring and understanding through this whole process. When I started this journey, I was 437 lbs. Gastric Bypass was my last hope for weight loss. Like most morbid obese people I had tried everything on the market to lose weight with not much success. I was a functional morbid obese person. I went to work everyday and maintained a "normal" life style. What I did was never go anywhere I knew I couldn't fit. Trying anything new was out of the question. I hated the person that was looking back at me in the mirror. Having the surgery was the best thing that I have ever done for myself. It allowed me to lose enough weight and gain the self confidence to start an exercise program. Now after one year I weigh 228 lbs. I never again want to see the words morbid obese next to my BMI. I now like the person who is looking back at me in the mirror. Sometimes I have to look twice to make sure it is me. I still have some work to do to obtain my goal, but I know that with hard work and perserverance I will get there.
 

- Robin



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