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Bariatric Surgery

Patients who may benefit from surgical interventions can discuss with their physician about a medical referral to a specialist from Brigham and Womenís Hospital. Surgical services include: Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastronomy, Adjustable Gastric Band, and Revisional Surgery. Sturdy patients will receive their pre and post-operative care here at Sturdy through the Wellness Weight Management Program.

Bariatric Surgical Options

Sturdy Memorialís relationship with Brigham and Womenís Hospital and Dr. Scott Shikora, Director of the nationally accredited Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Womenís Hospital provides our patients with access to the latest in metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures.

For patients who meet the eligibility requirements for surgical interventions, all of the pre- and post- operative care, as well and the long term follow up will occur at Sturdy Memorial Hospital through the Wellness Weight Management Program. The surgery will be performed at Brigham and Womenís Hospital. Information sessions with Dr. Shikora are held on the third Wednesday of every month at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Conference Room H from 6:00-7:30 pm. To register, please call 508-236-8019. For more information please call 508-236-7497.

Adjustable Gastric Banding In this procedure a silicon band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch. Only a small portion of food can be eaten. Once the food reaches the pouch, it passes through a narrow stomach passage created by the band. When the food reaches the larger stomach, digestion progresses as normal. The band can be tightened or loosened as necessary. Weight loss is typically 40 percent of the patientís excess body weight.

Sleeve Gastrectomy This procedure involves the removal of 75 percent of the stomach including the portion that produces a hormone which regulates appetite. The removal leaves a tubular shaped stomach with a food capacity of only three to five ounces. The smaller stomach holds less food and patients are usually less hungry. The intestines are not changed during this procedure. Weight loss is typically 50-65 percent of the patientís excess body weight.

Gastric Bypass In this procedure a small stomach pouch is created, completely separated from the rest of the stomach, and then connected to the intestines thus creating a bypass of the rest of the stomach. The small pouch created in this procedure allows individuals to eat only a small portion of food at time. It also stimulates hormones that reduce appetite and improve diabetes. Patients who undergo gastric bypass have an expected weight loss of 60-75 percent of excess body weight.

Revisional Surgery Revisional bariatric surgery is done on a case by case basis and depends on a number of factors.

Bariatric Surgeons

Scott Shikora, MD, FACS
  • Scott Shikora, MD, FACS
    Accepting New Patients
    Brigham and Womenís Hospital,
    Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
    75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115

  • Wellness Weight Management Program
    211 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703
  • Medical School: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Training: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Board Certified: General Surgery, Critical Care and Clinical Nutrition