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Release Date: 05/12/2016

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England is pleased to announce that it will now offer free public information sessions at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket. The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England is aimed at helping patients who suffer from obesity and other weight-related diseases obtain optimal weight and a healthier lifestyle. Surgical weight loss procedures include the lap band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

New site at Memorial Hospital:

Free weight loss surgery seminars will now be held the second Tuesday of each month, starting June 14, in Sayles Auditorium, Memorial Hospital, 111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free parking available, no RSVP is needed for this site.

Ongoing Kent Hospital sessions:

Free weight loss surgery seminars will continue to be held on the first Tuesday of the month, in the Doctors’ Auditorium at Kent Hospital, 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick from 6-9 p.m. Free parking is available on the Doctors’ Auditorium side of the hospital by entering at the service entrance on Toll Gate Road. No RSVP is needed for this site. The next session will be held on June 7.

Jeannine Giovanni, MD, program director, completed her surgical training at Boston Medical Center and a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. She has practiced since 2005 and has performed more than 2,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures and hosts the Kent-based info sessions. The new info sessions at Memorial Hospital will be presented by Vinay Goyal, MD. Dr. Goyal is a member of the Care New England Primary Medical Group. He completed his fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery from Penn State University and is a member of the American College of Surgeons and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

The surgical weight loss program is supported by an experienced team including a certified physician assistant and program coordinator. In addition, a team of cardiologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, nurses, anesthesiologists and exercise physiologists provide multi-faceted clinical support to patients helping to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes from consultation, to day-of surgery, post-operation, recovery and long-term follow up.

Obesity is a disease that is chronic and often difficult to treat. It is often the root of many other serious illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, joint pain, infertility, acid reflux and even cancer. Medical treatments such as diet, exercise and pills fail to help keep off the weight for more than 95 percent of obese people. Yet, surgery is successful in more than 80 percent of the time in achieving long-term weight loss outcomes. In order to qualify for surgery, patients must meet criteria established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This criteria include body mass index (BMI), as well as weight-related medical conditions.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England recently announced its bariatric surgical program has been accredited under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for severely obese patients.

For more information or to find out if weight loss surgery is right for you, please contact the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England at 401.736.3731.

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