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Information Session

Information sessions are held monthly and serve as a forum for potential patients to learn about the Weight & Wellness Program at Maine Medical Center. At each information session, our surgeons will present information on our program, the procedures we offer and answer any questions you may have before proceeding with the program. 

All patients are required to attend an information session before entering our program. 

Information sessions will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The session is held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Scarborough Surgery Center. Directions
 



Referral from your PCP

After attending the information session, call your primary care doctor for a referral to our program. Ask your doctor to send all of your recent medical records to our office.

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Record Review by Nursing Staff

Once we receive your referral and medical records, our program nurse will review the information to ensure each patient is appropriate for surgery. The nurse will then send you a letter outlining some tasks you must complete before surgery.

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Social Work Appointment

Once you have been accepted into our program and been given a date to attend The New Patient Orientation Class, we will also schedule an appointment with one of our social workers for an Initial Social Work Assessment. This social work visit is not a “pass/fail” type of assessment. Each patient is individually evaluated and guided based on their personal situation and level of need. No two patients have the same level of stress, the same history with food, or the same emotional history. For this reason, each patient will receive a personalized plan for progressing through the program. It is important for patients to not compare their experience with other bariatric surgery patients since no two histories are the same.

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Nutrition Appointment

Once a patient has received clearance from the Social Worker, the patient will be scheduled for their first appointment with the Registered Dietitian. The dietitian will complete a full assessment of each patient's dietary intake and educate each patient on the dietary requirements of the surgery they have chosen. Each patient is required to pass a dietary quiz before meeting the surgeon. 

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Meeting with the Surgeon

After the patient is cleared by the social worker and dietitian, they will be sent to Casco Bay Surgery for evaluation by the bariatric surgeon. The surgeon will do a brief physical exam and discuss the specifics of the surgery with the patient. The surgeon will determine at this time if additional preoperative testing or weight loss is necessary.  

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Surgical Scheduling

Once the patient has completed all the necessary tests required by the surgeon, the patient will sign a consent for surgery with the surgeon. When this is complete, Casco Bay Surgery will schedule the patient for surgery.   

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Pre-Admission Interview

Maine Medical Center requires all patients to have an evaluation by an Anesthsiologist before any major operation. At this time, we will obtain some blood tests and the patient will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns he or she may have before the day of surgery.

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Your Hospital Stay

You will receive notification from your surgeon where and when to arrive for surgery. Upon your arrival to the hospital, you will be brought to a special area where you will change into a gown for surgery. Your support person may accompany you if you desire. 

When the surgical team is  ready to go, you will be brought into the operating room for your surgery. Your support person can wait for you in the waiting area.

After your surgery is completed, you will be taken to the recovery room. You may hear the recovery room referred to as the PACU (post anesthesia care unit).

You will then be taken up to your room. Weight loss surgery patients are brought to either the short stay unit or the Richards Building 3rd floor. The nurses will have you up walking and sipping fluids as soon as they feel you are able. Once you meet all of the discharge criteria, you will be discharged from the hospital.

You will typically check in 1-2 hours before your scheduled surgery time. 

Your surgery will be performed at: 

Bramhall Campus
All gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy operations
  Directions 

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Postoperative Follow-Up

Surgical Follow-up
Gastric Bypass & Sleeve Gastrectomy
About 2-4 weeks after your surgery you will have an appointment with the surgeon that performed your surgery. The surgeon will make sure your incisions are healing properly and ask you questions about how you have been feeling.     

Nursing Follow-Up
Gastric Bypass & Sleeve Gastrectomy
1, 3, and 12 months after your surgery you will check in with the nurse to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. She will also check your incisions to make sure you are healing properly. The visit with the nurse is usually coupled with your postoperative visit with the dietitian. 

Nutrition Follow Up
Gastric Bypass & Sleeve Gastrectomy
You will see the Registered Dietitian after your surgery at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and annually thereafter. During this visit, the dietitian will assess your eating and guide you through any dietary challenges you may be having. Bring your food record with you to get the most out of your visit with the dietitian. Your dietitian will also check your blood for any vitamin deficiencies you may currently be experiencing.  

Social Worker Follow-Up
Weight loss surgery is a big step and requires a great deal of adjustment and life change. Our therapist is here to help patients deal with issues that may have led to their obesity and help develop positive coping skills and new behaviors that are important after surgery to maintain long-term success with weight control. 

You will have scheduled appointments with the social worker at 6 months and 12 months after surgery. Our Social worker remains involved in long-term follow-up by coordinating a support group for patients who are 3-24 months out from surgery and a separate support group for those who are over 2 years out from surgery. These groups are directed toward long-term issues of self-esteem, social interactions and relationship with food.

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Directions to Information Sessions

Get Directions

Scarborough Surgery Center
84 Campus Drive
Scarborough, ME  04074

From the North:
Take Maine Turnpike (I-95) south to Exit 45 (South Portland). Continue past the tollbooth and take third Exit (Scarborough/Old Orchard). Remain on Scarborough Connector for 2 miles, then merge with Route One southbound; move over to right lane and exit onto access road (Jughandle) that loops around to traffic lights (Route One and Hillcrest Road). Proceed straight across highway to Maine Medical Center's Scarborough Campus and take first left onto Campus Drive; proceed through campus past stop sign to identification sign Surgery Center/ 84 Campus Drive on right and turn right into entry drive of Scarborough Surgery Center; follow signs to main entrance and parking.

From the South:
Take the Maine Turnpike (I-95) north. Take Exit 42 and go straight through the first intersection. Remain on the Haigis Parkway 1.5 miles to Route One in Scarborough. Turn left onto Route One northbound. After 2.3 miles turn right at traffic light into Maine Medical Center's Scarborough Campus. Take first left onto Campus Drive and proceed through campus past stop sign to identification sign "Surgery Center/ 84 Campus Drive" on right and turn right into entry drive of Scarborough Surgery Center; follow signs to main entrance and parking.

From the West:
Take Route 302 to Forest Avenue in Portland. Continue on Forest Avenue to intersection with I-295. Turn onto I-295 south. After 3 miles take Exit 2 ("Scarborough/Old Orchard"). Remain on Scarborough Connector for 2 miles, then follow same directions above.
 

     

View a program about weight loss surgery
 

Referral from Your PCP

Record Review by Nursing Staff

Social Work Appointment

Nutrition Appointment

Support Groups

Meeting with the Surgeon

Surgical Scheduling

Pre-Admission Interview

Your Hospital Stay

Postoperative Follow-Up


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Weight & Wellness Program

12 Andover Road
Portland, ME 04102
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Phone: (207) 761-5612
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Fax: (207) 253-6073