For some people, diet changes and increased exercise aren’t enough to lose weight. Bariatric surgery can help you conquer obesity and achieve better health so you can reach your goals.

Weight loss surgery at Parkland Medical Center

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is the general term for various weight loss surgical procedures designed to treat obesity. These procedures reduce the stomach size to help you lose weight.

Weight loss surgery is just one tool for obesity treatment. Doctors often recommend surgery when attempts at non-surgical weight loss are unsuccessful. Whatever path you take to achieve a healthier weight, lifestyle changes are essential to your long-term success.

Your first step in determining whether bariatric surgery is right for you is participating in one of our free weight loss information sessions. Please call (603) 421-2264 or fill out the Request Information form below.

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Your weight loss surgery team

Bariatric surgery is just one part of the weight loss process. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team includes dietitians, nurses, social workers, providers and surgeons. These specialists work together to help you understand your surgical weight loss options, guide you through surgery, and prepare you for a new lifestyle.

We have helped patients across Southern New Hampshire build a nutrition and exercise plan to guide them in their weight loss journey toward overall better health and longevity.

Types of weight loss surgery we offer

At Parkland Medical Center, our bariatric surgeons are trained in minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic bariatric surgery techniques. These procedures can be performed through tiny incisions, resulting in less scarring, reduced pain and faster recovery. We offer the following weight loss surgery options:

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery)

Gastric sleeve surgery removes about 80 percent of the stomach — including the section that produces ghrelin. This hormone increases your desire to eat.

Roux–en–y gastric bypass surgery

During a Roux-en-y gastric bypass procedure, surgeons divide the stomach into two sections. The smaller section serves as your working stomach, which can hold a limited amount (about 1.5 ounces) of food. The other area of your stomach remains in place to help with digestion.

Revision weight loss surgery

Revision weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery revision) is for people who have already undergone a form of bariatric surgery, have experienced bariatric surgery complications or have not achieved significant weight loss results.

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Benefits and risks of bariatric surgery

Achieving sustained weight loss is a challenge. To be considered for weight loss surgery, the following criteria would need to be met:

  • Being 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight, or
  • Having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher

Research shows serious health risks associated with a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain, known as “yo–yo dieting.”

National and global health organizations have called bariatric surgery the most effective way to achieve significant and permanent weight loss. People who undergo bariatric surgery experience an improved quality of life, and of those who choose surgery:

  • 95 percent lost 50 percent of their excess weight
  • 85 percent lost 75 percent of their excess weight

As with any surgery, there are potential risks for surgical and long-term complications. For most people, however, the risk of death from obesity–related health complications is greater than the risk of complications from bariatric surgery. Talk with your doctor about bariatric surgery’s risks and benefits.

Danielle's Story

“I am excited to come to work every day knowing I get to work alongside such a knowledgeable and trusted team of individuals. Their passion for the job and dedication to our patients is what makes our program run so well. It is truly a rewarding experience to be a part of the Medical and Surgical Weight Loss team at Parkland.”

- Danielle MacLeod, RD, LDN, Bariatric Coordinator

Life after bariatric surgery

A transformative weight loss journey requires work and commitment. Accepting new rules for eating and food selection is key to long-term success. We’ve designed our comprehensive nutritional counseling program, support and follow-up education to ensure you are successful and reach your goals.

Weight loss surgery support and education

Parkland Medical Center provides the following resources to help you learn about the types, benefits and potential complications of bariatric surgery so you can make an informed decision.

Surgical weight loss information sessions

You can attend a free weight loss seminar to inform your decision about undergoing weight loss surgery. These sessions occur throughout the year and cover topics such as obesity and its health risks. You’ll also get to meet our surgeon and members of our team. Call (603) 421-2264 to register for one of our upcoming in–person seminars.