Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Bariatric Online Seminar

May 28, 2014

If you're thinking about weight loss surgery, Martha Jefferson Hospital is hoping to make that decision easier with a new bariatric online seminar.

From gastric bypass to band surgery, there are a few options out there when it comes to weight loss surgery.

In a new online bariatric seminar put on by Martha Jefferson Hospital, patients can find out more with just a click of a few keys.

"It's a great informational session. So, anyone considering weight loss surgery needs to take care of this first not only to get the information that they need to move forward with the surgery, but to help them make an informed decision about weight loss surgery that we offer,' said Lillian Sprouse, Bariatric Program Assistant, Martha Jefferson Hospital.

The hospital already offers an in-person seminar at the hospital once a month, but this online version narrated by Dr. Michael Trahan is meant to be more convenient for patients who can't attend the live session.

During the online seminar patients will be walked through the process from beginning to end.

"They will first see what the requirement is to have bariatric surgery. Patients need to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 35 to 39 with comorbidities," said Sprouse.

Comorbidities are other diseases thought to be directly related to being obese.

"They're BMI can be 40 or above to be considered for bariatric surgery if they don't have to comorbidities, says Sprouse.

Patients will also learn about surgery options.

The goal is to make sure patients have enough information to decide which option if any is right for them.

If patients have questions after completing the online seminar, they can either call Martha Jefferson Health Connection or leave their contact information. Someone will be in touch to answer their questions.

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