Bariatric Surgery Program
Important update about COVID-19
During this unprecedented time requiring social isolation, many have asked about their bariatric surgery or the ability to enroll in the program. To preserve personal protective equipment normally used in surgery and to minimize the number of people coming to the hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has suspended all non-emergency surgery. This means that no bariatric surgery will be performed and no new surgery will be scheduled. Our team is keeping track of all cancelled patients and will make it a priority to reschedule your procedure once things start to get back to normal.
Bariatric surgery can change your life
Millions of Americans struggle with their weight, but the battle to overcome severe obesity can be especially difficult. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Bariatric Surgery Program (also known as weight loss surgery) offers several procedures for the surgical management of obesity including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric revision surgery.
If you are ready to get started, we offer an Introduction to Bariatric Surgery session in Lebanon and Manchester. We’ll help guide you through the steps of initial insurance requirements and medical appointments. We help our patients lose weight and change their outlook on eating, exercising, and living life.
Am I a candidate?
Keep in mind that bariatric surgery is not a magic cure for obesity. It is a tool to help you lose weight along with a healthy diet and regular daily exercise. Lost weight can be quickly regained if you continue to overeat and don't adhere to a healthy diet.
You must meet minimal criteria for bariatric surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock as proposed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Program Panel Report NIH criteria include:
- A Body Mass Index(BMI) over 40, or
- A BMI between 35 and 40 and at high risk for serious obesity-related conditions that could cause death, such as sleep apnea, heart problems, or severe diabetes, or
- Failed attempts at traditional weight loss methods
- Physical problems caused by obesity that interfere with lifestyle, or body size that causes severe problems with work, family role, and walking
Learn more about bariatric surgery (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery)
Dartmouth-Hitchcock offers Bariatric Surgery Programs in Lebanon and Manchester/Concord. When deciding which program is right for you, it is important for you to consider many factors. We encourage you to visit each program location to learn more about its pre- and post-surgery education and support, as protocols vary by program location. Both of our locations offer the following procedures: Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, removal of gastric bands and revisional surgery. Programs in both locations are accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Manchester/Concord (serving southern New Hampshire) - The surgeons at Dartmouth-Hitchcock locations in Manchester and Concord perform surgery at Elliot Hospital in Manchester.
Lebanon - Established 40 years ago, the DHMC (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) comprehensive bariatric surgery program is the longest continually operating program in northern New England. We have three surgeons and a full supporting team.