Compassionate, personalized care is the key to successful weight loss. The Steward Center for Weight Control at Saint Anne's Hospital includes regular monitoring to ensure that weight is lost in a healthy and sustainable way. In conjunction with nutritional counseling, we offer surgical and medical options, plus comprehensive support to help our patients lose weight and lead healthier lives, every step of the way.
Support for you ... before, during and after your weight loss journey
If you're wondering if weight loss surgery may be an option for you: Learn more at one of our free informational seminars. These one-hour programs are led by bariatric surgeon Matthew LeMaitre, MD. Join others just like you and bring your questions! These seminars are held monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at Saint Anne's Hospital. Learn more about our free seminars here.
If you are scheduled for weight loss surgery, or have undergone a weight loss procedure: Our free monthly support group gives participants the opportunity to learn from our weight loss experts - and each other. This group offers vibrant, continuous support for your new lifestyle. This group meets for one hour on the first Wednesday of the month at Saint Anne's Hospital. Learn more about our monthly support group here.
Weekly walking group: Enjoy a weekly walking group, led by Dr. LeMaitre. Meet others like you who are working at losing or maintaining weight, want to add steps to their weekly activities, and enjoy this informal lifestyle support.
Interpreter services are available.
All programs are held at Saint Anne's Hospital.
Our local team of Dr. Matthew LeMaitre, nurses, dietitians, and behavioral therapists who are specially trained in weight loss will work with you to determine the best procedure for you, while offering support and encouragement along the way.
Surgical weight loss procedures include:
- Gastric sleeve surgery, which is becoming the most common procedure, is now a routine surgery. It takes approximately 45 minutes, is often done in a community hospital, and typically requires a one-night hospital stay. Patients are back to most activities within a week. Gastric sleeve surgery is performed locally at Saint Anne's Hospital.
- Gastric bypass surgery involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting the newly created pouch directly to the small intestine. Gastric bypass is performed at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, our sister hospital in Brighton, MA.
- LAP-BAND® surgery uses an inflatable silicone device that is surgically implanted around the top portion of the stomach to help a person lose weight. This procedure is performed at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.
If your BMI is between 30 and 35, you may benefit from medical weight loss. The Steward Center for Weight Control at Saint Anne's Hospital offers non-surgical weight loss options through a medical management program at our sister hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. This medical weight loss program is a comprehensive program with individualized care, including weight loss medications, nutritional counseling, protein shake meal replacements, fitness advice and behavioral therapy. Your doctor can help you decide if medical weight loss is an option for you.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
Saint Anne's Hospital's Center for Weight Control is accredited as a low-acuity center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This accreditation sets national standards for bariatric surgery centers with a goal of advancing safe and high-quality care for bariatric surgery patients. This voluntary yet rigorous accreditation process for bariatric surgery centers consists of regularly maintaining specific physical resources, human resources and standards of practice, and reporting these outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.