The New Hampshire Weight Loss Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital is dedicated to helping patients regain their health by combating obesity.
Portsmouth offers comprehensive weight loss surgery and support services including preoperative education, counseling, nutrition services, rehabilitation and support groups. We focus on your whole care—mind, body and spirit—as you take this important step toward a healthier life.
A Surgical Weight Loss Center of excellence
Our experienced, multispecialty team has helped more than 900 patients from the Seacoast region and beyond lose weight and dramatically improve their health with minimally invasive weight-loss procedures. Our patients' average weight loss meets or exceeds national averages.
The Weight Loss Center has been designated a Center of Excellence by both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. This means that we provide optimal care for morbidly obese patients across the entire spectrum of needs, from the prehospital phase through postoperative care and treatment.
Attend an information session
Your first step in determining whether bariatric surgery is right for you is attending one of our free weight loss information seminars, designed to provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery.
Understanding weight loss surgery
Choosing weight loss surgery is a life-changing commitment and a decision to be made with care. Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers a range of surgical weight loss options to obese patients whose nonsurgical attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful.
Weight loss surgery, often called bariatric surgery, is not a cosmetic procedure. It reflects an educated decision to improve your health and lifespan. Patients who opt for weight loss surgery at Portsmouth see their lives transformed, with marked improvements in their health and quality of life. The transformative journey requires effort and commitment, and we're here to help you every step of the way as you navigate your life-changing path.
Bariatric surgery is the general term for a variety of weight loss surgical procedures that reduce the size of the stomach, helping patients to lose weight and maintain health through reduced consumption, healthy eating and exercise. The surgery is a tool, not a cure, to help treat weight problems. Our mission is to help patients transform their lives through surgical weight loss when nonsurgical attempts have been unsuccessful.
Weight loss surgery is intended not only to decrease your weight but to improve your overall health. Obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, are greatly reduced after weight loss surgery.
The surgery involves both risks and a commitment to significant lifestyle changes. To make an informed decision, educate yourself about the types, benefits and potential complications of the various bariatric surgery methods.
Most nonsurgical weight loss programs are based on a combination of diet, behavior modification and regular exercise. Unfortunately, even the most effective interventions don't work for everyone. It's estimated that less than 5 percent of individuals who participate in nonsurgical weight loss programs will lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss for an extended period of time.
Sustained weight loss for patients who are morbidly obese - usually defined as being 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or having a body mass index of 40 or higher - is even harder to achieve. And serious health risks have been identified for people who move from diet to diet, subjecting their bodies to a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain known as "yo-yo dieting."
Weight loss surgery is a permanent change that gives people both motivation and a sense of control over their bodies and their eating habits. It has been cited by the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization as the most effective way for morbidly obese people to lose significant weight permanently.
Some 95 percent of bariatric surgery patients lose 50 percent of their excess weight and 85 percent of them lose at least 75 percent. Almost all report a markedly improved quality of life.
Bariatric weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), force patients to drastically reduce the amount of food they consume by surgically creating a small stomach pouch. Most gastric procedures reduce the stomach's holding capacity from about two quarts to two ounces. When eating, this pouch fills quickly. Because patients feel satisfied and full sooner, they eat less.
Learn more about the weight loss surgery options at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
Bariatric surgery is saving lives and benefiting people struggling with morbid obesity worldwide. With each successful procedure, the medical community sees further evidence that bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss tool and treatment for obesity-related health conditions. Many studies show that bariatric surgery patients are living longer, higher-quality lives.
The risk of an early death for an obese person is twice that of a non-obese person, according to recent studies. Morbid obesity can cause life-threatening health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Weight loss surgery decreases your chance for these and other conditions, including sleep apnea, gastric reflux, asthma, arthritis and migraines. Evidence suggests that weight loss also lowers the risk of some cancers that are increased with morbid obesity, including breast, endometrial, colon and prostate cancers.
With treatment, there's a greater likelihood that a patient can look forward to better health and a longer life.
All surgeries and medical procedures carry risk. It's important to talk to your doctor, other weight loss surgery patients and your loved ones to best understand the benefits and risks for your individual situation.
Surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all options. It's important to discuss the following issues with your doctor:
- These procedures are in no way to be considered cosmetic surgery.
- The surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision.
- A decision to choose surgical treatment requires a patient's careful assessment of risks vs. benefits.
- Most weight loss surgical procedures approved in the United States are not reversible (except gastric banding, which is reversible).
- The success of weight loss surgery depends on long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
- Problems can arise after bariatric surgery that may require additional surgery.
Complications and risks
As with any surgery, there are potential risks for surgical and long-term complications. These should be discussed with your doctor. However, for most patients, the risk of death from obesity-related health complications is greater than the risk of complications from bariatric surgery.
Among the possible surgical risks are:
- Complications from anesthesia and medications
- Reopening of the incision
- Leaks from staple line breakdown
- Pulmonary problems
- Spleen injury
- Blood clots
Our weight loss team
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our surgical weight loss team specializes in bariatric surgery, bringing extensive experience and training to each procedure. Our operating room staff is specially trained in bariatric surgery, and we provide regular training for all employees who care for bariatric patients.
As part of our commitment to whole-person, integrative care, we understand that the surgical procedure is only one part of the weight loss process. Our multidisciplinary care team includes surgeons, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists and others who work together to help you understand your surgical weight loss options, guide you through the surgery process and prepare you for a new lifestyle. We help you build a nutrition and exercise plan and guide you in your weight loss journey toward overall better health and longevity. Throughout this process, we work closely with your primary care physician—the person who knows you best.