Are you considering weight loss surgery? Look no further than Middlesex Health’s Center for Weight Loss Surgery! With a team of highly experienced bariatric surgeons, we are committed to providing excellent outcomes for our patients. Our customized treatment plans, tailored to each individual, yield the best results. In this article, we will give you a glimpse into what you can expect when you come to Middlesex for weight loss surgery.
Preparing for Surgery
When you arrive at Middlesex, our dedicated staff will ensure your comfort and safety from the moment you step through our doors. Our registration area is equipped with bariatric wheelchairs and accommodations for easy access to our pre-op area. All our beds are designed to accommodate weights ranging from 660 pounds up to a thousand pounds, providing utmost safety for our patients.
We prioritize your well-being and monitor your vital signs using specially designed bariatric blood pressure cuffs. Additionally, we provide bariatric gowns to keep you warm and aid in faster healing. Our pre-op area is also equipped with ted stockings, compression stockings that reduce the risk of blood clots. To combat postoperative nausea, we administer a medication called amend. And to further prevent blood clots, we give a subcutaneous injection of heparin.
In the Operating Room
Once you are fully prepared for surgery, our team of experienced anesthesiologists and surgeons will take over. A patient safety check ensures we have the correct patient and procedure, prioritizing your well-being. In the operating room, we utilize advanced surgical techniques, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch. Our specialized team, consisting of skilled registered nurses and scrub techs, is dedicated to performing successful bariatric and robotic cases.
After your surgery, you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Here, we once again prioritize patient safety with thorough monitoring and oxygen support for approximately an hour. To prevent blood clots, we also provide compression stockings (SCD hose). Our dedicated nurses educate you about what to expect during your time in the PACU, including postoperative pain management. It is important to communicate any discomfort to our nurses, as they are there to support you. One common complaint is chest and shoulder pain caused by carbon dioxide used during the surgery. To alleviate this pain, we encourage patients to get out of bed, take walks, and use the bathroom, minimizing the need for excessive use of pain medication.
Radiology and Imaging
At Middlesex’s radiology department, we have state-of-the-art equipment to accommodate bariatric patients. Our floor table is designed to hold up to 700 pounds, ensuring your comfort and safety during X-ray procedures. For larger patients, we have options such as standing against the table for support or using larger chairs rated for up to 445 pounds. Our bariatric CT scanner has a weight limit of 660 pounds and an aperture of 72 centimeters. We utilize specialized devices, including bariatric hover mats, slide boards, and roller boards, to ensure smooth and safe patient transfers.
Emergency Room and Critical Care
In the event that a bariatric patient requires emergency care, our Emergency Room is well-equipped to handle their needs. Our bariatric stretcher accommodates up to 700 pounds, with wider dimensions compared to regular stretchers for added comfort. We also provide larger gowns and blood pressure cuffs for patients with larger arms. To assist with difficult intubations, we have specialty supplies in our airway cart. Additionally, our critical care unit is fully equipped with bariatric accommodations, including wider doors, lifts capable of handling higher weights, larger chairs, and bariatric commodes.
On North Five, our dedicated postoperative care unit, we have bariatric pathways tailored to each type of surgery. These pathways include advancing your diet, incorporating mobility, and providing necessary medications. Our facility is fully prepared with equipment such as chairs, compression stockings, and walkers that accommodate your specific needs. In the event that additional equipment is required, we have excellent relationships with transport and physical therapy departments to ensure they are readily available for your comfort and recovery.
Our staff on North Five has undergone special training to care for bariatric patients. We take great joy in witnessing our patients’ transformation and recovery, knowing that they are on their way to a healthier and happier life.
At Middlesex Health’s Center for Weight Loss Surgery, we prioritize your well-being and offer a comprehensive and supportive environment throughout your weight loss journey. Trust us to guide you towards achieving your weight loss goals.
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