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Published on May 16, 2013

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals to Host Free Seminars on Weight Gain after Bariatric Surgery

Darby, PA (May 16, 2013) – As people become increasingly aware of the weight loss and the other health benefits associated with bariatric surgery, one aspect can be overlooked: the risk to gain the weight back after surgery. 

“Weight regain after bariatric surgery is a common issue that patients face long term,” says Mercy Bariatrics Director Prashanth Ramachandra, MD. “One must remember that bariatric surgery is just a tool to aid in weight loss. Patient participation is equally important to help with their weight loss process.”

According to Dr. Ramachandra, letting good nutrition and exercise habits slip can lead to weight gain, but issues with the surgical procedure can also be factors. These issues could include natural changes in your stomach that allow you to eat more and absorb more calories.

“When patients start regaining weight due to an issue the procedure they’ve had, most of the time, they experience no symptoms other than weight regain,” he says. “These issues can be reversed to help patients get back on track with their weight loss regimen.”

Dr. Ramachandra and the Mercy Bariatrics team are hosting free seminars to address weight gain after bariatric surgery. The seminars are open to the community, including individuals who previously had surgery through other bariatrics programs.

The seminars on weight gain after bariatric surgery are scheduled for:

Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Room A, Medical Science Building, Lobby Floor
1500 Lansdowne Ave., Darby, PA 19023

Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Executive Dining Room, 1st Floor
501 South 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

To register for these free seminars or to learn more about weight loss surgery options, call 1.855.LESS YOU (1.855.537.7968) or visit www.mercybariatrics.org.  
 
Mercy Bariatrics is an award-winning program that has helped more than 850 successfully lose weight and sustain a healthier lifestyle. It has earned multiple distinctions, including Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence ®, Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery® and Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility designations at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. Mercy Bariatrics is also available at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in West Philadelphia.

Ann D’Antonio

Vice President, Marketing and Communications
610.567.5334
adantonio@mercyhealth.org
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

610.731.1481
Before or after normal business hours

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
1500 Lansdowne Avenue
Darby, PA 19023
610.237.4000

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
501 S. 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
215.748.9000

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