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Published on February 07, 2014

Bariatric surgery at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital

Looking for a weight-loss surgery program in Philadelphia? Choose Mercy Bariatrics.

bariatricWhen our bodies suffer the consequences of too many calories and not enough exercise, life becomes uncomfortable: Your back and hips hurt, you can’t bend down to pick things up and you can’t move as quickly. Being overweight is also dangerous for your health; it increases your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and respiratory issues.

“As you become overweight, it limits you more and more from doing physical activity,” says Prashanth Ramachandra, MD, director of Mercy Bariatrics at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. “It turns into a vicious cycle. You gain even more weight, because now, you are even more limited.”

But there is a solution for those who have tried to lose weight and failed: bariatric surgery at Mercy Philadelphia. Bariatric surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that changes the way your digestive system handles food by reducing caloric intake and changing the way your body absorbs calories.

The most successful candidates for bariatric surgery are patients who are ready to commit to a low-calorie diet and exercise regimen for the rest of their lives, Dr. Ramachandra advises. Patient participation is “of paramount importance to get the desired effect,” he says. Mercy Philadelphia’s bariatric program, which is an extension of the award-winning bariatric program started at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, is very patient-centric.

“We hand-hold our patients through the entire process,” says Dr. Ramachandra. From pre-surgery testing, psychological counseling, nutritional advice, exercise and support groups, patients have 24/7 access to healthcare providers before, during and after bariatric surgery.

“We have an extremely successful program with one of the lowest complication rates nationally,” says Dr. Ramachandra. “Our patients do exceedingly well.”

You may be eligible for weight-loss surgery at Mercy if you:

  • Have a Body Mass Index of 35 or above
  • Are 100 pounds or more overweight
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have health problems related to being overweight: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes
  • Have previously tried to lose weight without success
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