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Bariatric/Surgical Weight Loss Management Program

Summa has a three-pronged approach to a significant weight loss program which combines medical, surgical and behavioral medicine to provide a customized plan for each patient. Our comprehensive, team-based approach consists of physicians, surgeons, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dietitians and even psychologists, each providing support to our patients throughout their weight loss journey. The goal is to provide the best experience possible with the best possible outcome.

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The first step in the process is attendance at an informational seminar, followed by a one-on-one initial evaluation with one of our surgeons. Your surgeon determines whether surgical weight loss is an option, reviews the surgical options available to you, and helps you decide upon the best procedure.

Upon completion of the initial evaluation, you are given the opportunity to enroll in our program. Following enrollment:

  • You will undergo a series of tests and assessments, all ordered by your surgeon based upon your medical history and the requirements of your insurance company.
  • Upon completion of testing, our interdisciplinary team will meet to review all results. Decisions are made at that time regarding the need for special instruction or support, and the team’s recommendation is forwarded to the surgeon.
  • The final decision about eligibility and readiness for surgery is made by your bariatric surgeon.

Summa’s bariatric surgeons are board-certified surgeons fellowship- trained in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. They will determine the best type of gastric bypass surgery that is appropriate for you based on your medical history and your goals. The team has completed more than 1,000 minimally invasive weight loss surgeries, including:

  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass 
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Laparoscopic Revisional Surgery
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

At Summa, our primary focus is laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery. In some instances an open procedure may be required, and our program offers that option if needed. The advantages of the minimally invasive approach include a decreased length of stay, less post-operative pain, and fewer incisional complications.1

Your physician may even feel you are a good candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery, which is performed by a surgeon to conduct the surgery through small incisions in the abdomen. Though called a robot, the machine does not act on its own, but is an extension of the surgeon's hands.

Read more about Summa’s use of the daVinci® robotic-assisted system for minimally invasive surgery.

Download our "Surgical Weight Loss Management" brochure.

1Stampede Trial publication in NEJM 2011.