Advanced Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery in Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland
It always takes a team to help you reach your goals. Ascension Saint Agnes bariatric surgeons and team members form strong bonds with our patients that begin with your first seminar, continue into all of your appointments preparing you for your procedure, and provide support over the years to come. Our patients tell us they value the special ongoing relationship that comes from having a surgeon who knows you, your history, what causes you to struggle, and what makes you come alive.
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Meet Your Bariatric Surgeons in Maryland
Dr. Andrew Averbach is a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon with more than 30 years of experience. He has performed more than 4,500 weight loss procedures since 2002, and they have been safe, effective, and helped people change and transform their lives for good.
Dr. Catriona Swift is trained in laparoscopic, robotic, and endoscopic techniques and offers duodenal switch, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, revisional bariatric surgery, endoscopic weight loss procedures, and surgical treatment of GERD, hiatal hernia, and achalasia.
“As bariatric surgeons and your neighbors in the Baltimore community, we encourage you to just start a conversation with one of us as a first step and remind you we are here to support you through the journey.”
Bariatric surgical procedures include those that cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, those that cause weight loss primarily as a result of malabsorption of nutrients, and those that cause weight loss both by gastric restriction and malabsorption. Most bariatric procedures today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).
We offer the safest and most effective primary bariatric surgical procedures, as well as revision bariatric surgery
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Bariatric Revision Surgery
Endoscopic Bariatric Procedures
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Why Choose Us
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Most major commercial plans are accepted
Unparalleled Surgical Expertise
MBSAQIP National Accreditation
Offer one-on-one guidance to keep you on the road to success
Try Our BMI Calculator
|18.5 – 24.9||Normal Weight||Minimal|
|25 – 29.9||Overweight||Increased|
|30 – 34.9||Obese||High|
|35 – 39.9||Severely Obese||Very High|
|40 and Over||Morbidly Obese||Extremely High|
What is BMI
Federal Guidelines for Healthy Weight
Underweight. Your BMI is less than 18.5.
Ideal Weight for Your Height. Your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.
Overweight. Your BMI is between 25 and 29.9.
Obese. Your BMI is 30 or greater.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Bariatric Surgery in Baltimore, Maryland
How long do I need to take off work for Bariatric Surgery?
When can I start exercising again after Bariatric Surgery?
Will I have to take vitamins or supplements after surgery? Does my insurance pay for vitamins and supplements?
Patients will be advised to take a multivitamin, which includes both vitamin and mineral supplements. Patients are also advised to take protein supplements in order to meet protein goals. Insurance typically will not cover supplement costs, however, you can elect to pay for them out of a Flex or HAS medical account. Flex and HAS medical accounts are accounts taken from your pre-tax income that can be used to pay for medical expenses.
Will I have to diet or exercise after the procedure?
The answer is yes. After surgery, you will be put on a highly restrictive post-op diet, which slowly reintroduces foods as it becomes safe for your body to digest them. After the post-op diet, you will be given support in order to help you eat the right foods. Although surgery makes it hard to overeat while reducing the body’s ability to absorb calories, there is a risk that the patient will fall back into old behaviors. For this reason, we provide support including a monthly in-person support group, online support, and help from dietitians who are knowledgeable about the nutritional needs of bariatric surgery patients.
An exercise regimen is highly recommended, and patients who exercise are much more likely to be satisfied with their results.