MMC Weight & Wellness Program: A Patient’s Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery


[ Music ]>>Welcome to the Maine
Medical Center’s weight and wellness program. We’ve been helping
people throughout Maine and New England lose weight and transform their
lives for over 15 years. We know that considering weight
loss surgery is a big decision. As the most experienced
bariatric surgery program in Maine, we know what works. We’ve been recognized by
patients, medical peers, insurers, and national
organizations. Bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective
and durable treatment for morbid obesity. Patients may lose as much as
60% of excess weight six months after surgery and 77% of
excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.>>I chose the weight
wellness program because I had researched
online different programs and what they have to offer, and my primary care physician
had referred other patients to the program and
had good success. So after my research and
his recommendation I decided to come and check it out.>>Most patients
come to the weight and wellness program
feeling exhausted. Daily activities have
become more difficult. Playing with their children or
grandchildren seems impossible and being able to
cross their legs seems like a distant memory. Many have spent a lifetime of
yoyo dieting and are confused on what a healthy
diet and lifestyle is.>>Every situation is different
but everybody felt the same that was in the support groups. Everybody wanted their
life to be different. Everybody wants to succeed, and
it’s just important to remember that fears help you move along. You just have to face them.>>My success with weight loss
surgery has been tremendous. I think that the biggest
part for me was being able to do things I haven’t been
able to do since I was young because I miss being able to
play with my grandchildren, being able to ride a bike,
being able to snorkel, being able to hike, being
able to just get in the car and not worry about the seatbelt
not fitting, crossing my legs. I could just go on and on.>>At the weight and
wellness program, patients will work closely
with registered dieticians like myself, licensed
clinical social workers, nurses and nurse practitioners. Not only will we provide
you with nutritional and behavioral education but we will be your
lifelong support system. Every patient is different. Our staff will get to
know you and provide you with individualized care to
help maximize your success.>>Everyone comes to our
program with a different set of experiences and challenges. Our experienced providers will
design a program that is suited for your individual needs. As a leader in bariatrics, we provide state-of-the-art
care before, during, and after surgery. Whether you are thinking
about weight loss surgery for the first time
or know someone who has had bariatric surgery,
we are the program for you. If you are interested in joining
the weight and wellness program, please have your primary care
provider send us a referral and we’ll take it from there. We would love to
provide you with a safe and effective treatment
to improve your health.>>I did it because
I want to be around. I want to be healthy. I want to live a long life and the way I was going,
I was not going to. The changes in my health right
now are that I’m the healthiest that I’ve ever been in my life. Even when I was young. All of the health problems
that I had with prior surgery, I no longer have so I don’t have to take any medications
anymore and I just feel good. [ Music ]

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