Milton Hospital Announces New Weight Loss Surgery Program

Now Offering Minimally Invasive Adjustable Gastric Banding Procedure

MILTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Milton Hospital, a clinical affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center providing community-based health care, today announces it has launched a LAP-BAND® weight loss surgery program.

The LAP-BAND surgery is a minimally invasive, adjustable surgical treatment for obesity. When other weight loss options have continually failed, weight loss surgery can help patients improve their health and enhance their quality of life. The LAP-BAND System uses an adjustable band placed around the upper part of the stomach. The LAP-BAND reduces the stomach's capacity, restricting the amount of food one is able to eat at one time. By feeling full faster and staying full longer, patients eat less.

“Now more than ever, healthcare providers need to work together to provide education and solutions to combat obesity. Weight loss surgery is not a quick-fix solution however,” said Charlene Chao, MD, who performs weight loss surgeries at Milton Hospital. “Surgeries like the LAP-BAND procedure require a commitment to changing one’s lifestyle and continuous, ongoing support. My team and I are dedicated to informing patients of all the options available and finding the solution that best matches each patient.”

Dr. Chao, who completed a fellowship in weight loss surgery at the New York Hospital at Queens, is part of a team that includes specially trained nursing staff, nutritionists and mental health professionals, who guides each patient through their entire weight loss journey. Those considering surgery must first attend a free information session that provides details on surgical options for weight loss, including the LAP-BAND system, qualifications for surgery, recovery and aftercare. Patients who meet the criteria for surgery will be evaluated individually by the hospital’s weight loss team and will undergo diagnostic testing, including:

  • Sleep disorder evaluation
  • Heart evaluation
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Lab testing
  • Nutrition counseling

According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, over a quarter of the total U.S. population was classified as obese in 2010. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about the hospital’s weight loss program, please visit: Support groups are hosted by the hospital on the second Thursday of every month and information sessions are held on the last Thursday of every month. To register, call 617-696-0660. You can also find us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the hospital’s latest news and events.

About Milton Hospital

Milton Hospital provides community-based health care to people of all ages in Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Randolph, Canton, Hyde Park, Dorchester and other local communities. Services include general medical and surgical inpatient care, a complete complement of outpatient health services and 24-hour emergency services. The hospital is a clinical affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and has more than 250 physicians on staff, representing primary care and 22 different medical specialties.


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