Which Weight Loss Surgery is Best for Me?
Choosing to pursue weight loss surgery is often both a difficult and personal decision—and at Berkshire Center for Weight Loss Surgery, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Our bariatric surgery team, led by board-certified surgeon, Andrew Lederman, MD, FACS, FASMBS, performs a full range of minimally invasive weight loss procedures. Working closely with you and your primary care physician, we’ll help find the right procedure for your unique needs and goals.
Know Your Options: Free Informational Seminar
If you meet the criteria for bariatric surgery, join us for a free informational seminar. We’ll provide in-depth education on weight management and surgical solutions available, including:
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery (Roux-en-Y)
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band)
- Conversion of Lap-Band to gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy
Call (413) 395-7510 or save your spot at an upcoming bariatric seminar, open to our Pittsfield and surrounding Berkshire County communities. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any and all questions and schedule a private consultation.
Understand the Benefits and Risks
All procedures have proven to produce significant weight loss and relief for obesity-related medical problems like heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and more. As with any major surgery, weight loss procedures carry some risks. Dr. Lederman and the dedicated bariatric care team will carefully review all potential risks well before your surgery. We also require a comprehensive medical and psychological evaluation to ensure you’re healthy enough to undergo surgery.
Common complications include pneumonia, blood clots, infection, bleeding, leaking at staple lines, ulcers, hernia and gallstones. Generally, the risks associated with weight loss surgery are significantly less than the risk of remaining morbidly obese. And you can take comfort knowing we’ve received national accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program for consistently delivering safe, effective and evidence-based care.
Navigate Cost and Insurance Coverage
The cost of a bariatric procedure depends on several factors, including the type of surgery you're having and length of hospital stay. Our bariatric program is accredited by major insurance providers, though plans vary. Our bariatric surgery program coordinator will work closely with you and your provider to help determine coverage, and submit all documentation for approval.
Commit to Healthy Change
Whichever procedure you decide on, it’s important to remember that weight loss surgery is a permanent operation that cannot be undone, and involves permanent changes in the way you live your life. We’ll be right with you on the journey—starting with our Life Skills Workshops, where you’ll learn effective ways to interact with food and cope successfully with the challenges ahead. Following surgery, Dr. Lederman and the team will closely monitor your progress, with ongoing follow-up care and free monthly bariatric surgery support groups to keep you on the path to success.