Advanced Surgical Care
Surgical Weight Loss
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EMMC Surgical Weight Loss has been accredited by the Unified Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Initiatives Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Accredited surgical weight loss programs meet very high program standards, have established track records on patient safety, and consistently deliver quality care. In 2005, EMMC Surgical Weight Loss was the first bariatric program in Maine to receive accreditation.
EMMC offers gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy bariatric surgeries. All weight loss surgeries have been laparoscopic (minimally invasive) since 2009. In 2008, EMMC was the first hospital in Maine to offer the sleeve gastrectomy, and now performs more sleeves than any other weight loss surgery.
Since EMMC began offering the laparoscopic approach to weight loss surgery in 2003, the average length of stay for these procedures has continued to decrease. Since 2009, all bariatric surgeries offered at EMMC have been offered laparoscopically.
The average length of stay for bypass is 2.16 days, sleeve gastrectomy is 2.07 days, and band patients stay less than half a day, usually going home the same day as their surgery. Currently over 70% of our weight loss procedures are offered with robotic assistance.
Between 2010 and 2015, operative mortality at 30 days after hospital discharge for all weight loss surgery procedures was .14%. The standard for safe bariatric programs is to have less than 0.5% 30-day operative mortality.
Thirty-day readmission rates remain well below the national benchmarking standard of 5% for band, bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.