Treating the cycle of yo-yo dieting
Fighting an ongoing cycle of weight loss and weight gain is difficult and discouraging. Individuals may blame themselves for the problem, yet what they may not realize is that there is an underlying disease causing it – it is obesity. For patients with 100 or more pounds to lose, weight loss surgery is a proven solution to permanent weight loss.
Like any disease, treating obesity requires a full spectrum of clinical care and clinicians to successfully treat the whole person. Virtua’s Bariatric Program provides the complex continuum of care required for weight loss that lasts.
The program includes:
- Individualized pre-surgical and post-surgical follow-up care
- Nutrition counseling
- Psychological counseling
- Fitness guidance
- Diabetes support
- Support groups led by physicians
Weight-loss surgery is more than just becoming thinner
Weight loss surgery is a tool that can jumpstart a healthier lifestyle and could eliminates health problems such as:
- High blood pressure
- Joint and back problems improved or eliminated
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
Weight loss procedures at Virtua
The majority of procedures are performed laparoscopically, using advanced minimally invasive techniques. They include:
Virtua surgeons also have in-depth experience in revisional bariatric procedures when an initial procedure needs correction.
Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly, NJ, was named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs that have a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes, a commitment of resources, and clinical expertise to care for the bariatric weight-loss surgical patient.
Navigating your weight loss
Every bariatric surgery patient is unique and requires individualized attention. Our Bariatric Program coordinator is specially trained to help you achieve your weight-loss goals. The coordinator will guide you through Virtua’s continuum of clinical, behavioral and nutritional care. The coordinator will also answer and address any questions or concerns you have.
When you enroll, you can receive supervised exercise training sessions at Virtua's award-winning, state-of-the-art HealthFitness Centers in Voorhees, Washington Township, and Moorestown. You will have the opportunity to create an individualized fitness plan created for you.
Virtua offers free informational sessions and support groups about bariatric surgery that are open to the public in Voorhees and Mount Holly. Call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823) for more information. The facilitators are Virtua bariatric surgeons:
Bariatric Surgery Preoperative Education Class
Following the scheduling of your weight-loss surgery, you can join Virtua's Bariatric Surgery program's Preoperative Education Classes, where you can learn the following:
- Preparing for your upcoming weight loss surgery
- Your hospital stay
- Your role in preventing postoperative complications
- Managing your new lifestyle changes
- Starting your new routine
To register, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).
You may also register for other weight-loss and nutrition classes at Virtua.