Hope Bariatrics requires every patient to attend a seminar in person, or watch our on-line seminar. After that, make an appointment at out office location in Sewickley. Dr. Wilcox performs surgery at Heritage Valley Sewickley.
Office location and main number for our office:
Address: 111 Hazel Lane, Suite 100 Sewickley, PA 15143
Finding an experienced weight loss surgeon is very important for safe outcomes and careful follow-up care. Geoffrey H. Wilcox, MD, FACS of Hope Bariatrics is a board certified general surgeon who has performed over 1,700 weight loss surgeries.
Talking to others who have taken the path you are now considering may help you understand what you need to know to make a decision you can be comfortable with. Hope Bariatrics invites you and a guest to attend our Weight Loss Surgery support groups.
Talking to your primary care physician, physician specialist or family physician is a good next step.
Call your insurance company to find out if they cover weight loss surgery. All insurances have different requirements, FIND OUT ABOUT YOURS!
In the end, your best source of information is an experienced bariatric surgeon who knows how to handle your special needs before, during and after weight loss surgery. Dr. Wilcox and Felix are available at our monthly seminars to answer all your question to help you decide if weight loss surgery is right for you.
Weight loss surgery is like other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.
To mentally prepare yourself:
To physically prepare yourself, strictly follow your doctor's guidelines. These usually include, but are not limited to:
For the laparoscopic procedure most patient’s length of stay for the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy is 2 days. Patient’s length of stay for an open procedure is approximately 5 days. You will be discharged when you are able to:
Depending on which procedure is performed, one or two small tubes may be placed around the stomach pouch and the bypassed stomach to drain body fluids after the surgery. These are usually removed in three to ten days. To help prevent blood clots, anti-embolism compression devices will be placed on your legs and your surgeon will require you to attempt to stand up and move around as soon as possible, usually within the first 24 hours.
Depending on your medical condition, there is the possibility of being placed in the intensive care unit to closely monitor your heart and lungs. Depending on the hospital, patients who use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) for sleep apnea may be asked to bring their machines with them for use immediately after the operation.
Hope Bariatrics and most insurance companies follow the guidelines from the National Institute of Health (NIH) which include and are not limited to:
Note: Insurance companies vary in their requirements, and we encourage you to speak with yours for specific pre-surgical requirements.
A $200 program fee is assessed to all patients in our program.
Heritage Valley Sewickley is a 191-bed hospital located in Sewickley, PA. and a part of Heritage Valley Health System, a progressive community-based healthcare system serving southwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and the West Virginia panhandle.
Sewickley Valley Hospital offers a dedicated in-patient unit for bariatric patients with experienced nursing and dietary staff. The operating room at SVH has developed a dedicated team for bariatric surgery; the same nurses and anesthesia personnel are present for each case. Research demonstrates that consistent care contributes to better surgical outcomes.
Seminars are held monthly in the 4th floor Conference Center. For more information, visit the hospital website at www.heritagevalley.org
720 Blackburn Road
Sewickley, PA 15143
Our Sewickley Office is located 5 minutes north of Sewickley Hospital off Route 65 (the Ohio River Boulevard) at 111 Hazel Lane, Suite 100, Sewickley, PA 15143. The main number is 412.741.8862.The flow of patients includes both bariatric and general surgery patients. Patients are seen by our surgeons, Physician’s Assistant, Registered Dietitian and Registered Nurse for post-surgery care and patient education.
Our administrative office staff includes experienced, professional and patient-centered people. Our practice takes pride in offering you an excellent overall surgical experience. We have a new building under construction that will be located on Route 65 just south of our present location.
From the north: Take I-79 south to Emsworth-Sewickley, exit 66 (old exit 19). Turn right onto Route 65 and travel north to Sewickley. Turn right at Broad Street (Sewickley Bridge is on the left.). Go through two traffic lights and one stop sign to the top of the hill. Turn left into the visitors’ parking garage.
From Pittsburgh and east: Take the Parkway West to the Washington-Erie/I-79 exit. Go north on I-79 to Route 65 and take Sewickley exit 66 (formerly exit 19). Follow Route 65 north to Sewickley. Turn right onto Broad Street at the light. (Sewickley Bridge is on the left.) Go through two traffic lights and one stop sign to the top of the hill. Turn left into the visitors’ parking garage.
From the south: Take I-79 north to Emsworth-Sewickley, exit 66 (formerly exit 19). Follow Route 65 north to Sewickley. Turn right onto Broad Street at the light. (Sewickley Bridge is on the left.) Go through two traffic lights and one stop sign to the top of the hill. Turn left into the visitors’ parking garage.
From Beaver County & points west: Take Route 65 south to Sewickley. Turn left onto Broad Street at the light. (Sewickley Bridge is on the right.) Go through two traffic lights and one stop sign to the top of the hill. Turn left into the visitors’ parking garage.
From the Pittsburgh International Airport: Exit the Pittsburgh International Airport on Route 60 north (Moon/Beaver exit). Follow Route 60 north to exit 8 – Business Route 60 (Flaugherty-Moon Run Road). Take this exit to the stop sign at the top of the hill. Go straight after the stop sign for a short distance. Turn right onto Business Route 60 south. Turn left at the fourth light. Follow this road (Beers School Road) until you reach the Sewickley Bridge. Turn left at the bridge and go across the Ohio River. Go straight through the traffic light into Sewickley. This is Broad Street. Go through two more traffic lights and one stop sign to the top of the hill. Turn left into the visitors’ parking garage.
Be sure your volume on your computer is on to hear the narration. At the end of each slide, click "Next" to advance to the next slide or "Replay" to view the previous one." When you're finished, you can repeat sections or jump back to previous sections in the seminar once you’ve reached the end of it. When you've completed the seminar, you’ll be asked to take a post-seminar quiz to ensure you’ve grasped the important information contained within.Launch the Online Seminar
If you’ve already taken the seminar, please take the quiz and then we will be in touch with you.Take the Bariatric Seminar Quiz!
We have a $200 Program Fee.
The first non-refundable $100.00 payment is due at your first appointment in the office with the Doctor.
The second $100.00 payment is due at your 2nd Doctors appointment and must be paid prior to having surgery.
This fee covers educational materials, including our newsletter, support group expenses and lifetime follow-up visits with a dietitian.
After you have viewed the seminar, complete the quiz. Be sure to submit it and include your contact information. Once we receive your results someone from our office will call you. We will review the next step and answer all of your questions.
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