Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 60-70% of the stomach.  This leaves a small, sleeve-shaped stomach that is about the size of a banana. The mechanism for weight loss is gastric restriction, as well as neurohormonal changes due to lower levels of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone produced by the fundus. Because the new stomach continues to function normally there are fewer restrictions on the foods which patients can consume after surgery, although the amount of food eaten will be considerably reduced.

Advantages of the sleeve gastrectomy

  • Average sleeve patients will lose approximately 70% of their excess body weight within two years.
  • The stomach is reduced in size and the amount of food that can be eaten is restricted. Otherwise the stomach functions normally.
  • The major part of the stomach which produces hormones responsible for stimulating hunger is removed from the digestive system.
  • The problem of “dumping” is avoided as the pylorus (muscle between the stomach and small bowel) is not altered.
  • Minimizes the possibility of the patient developing ulcers, especially in those patients who take occasional NSAIDS (ibuprofen, advil, aleve for example).

Disadvantages of the sleeve gastrectomy

  • Sleeve gastrectomy is permanent and not reversible.

Risks/Complications related to the sleeve gastrectomy

  • Standard risks associated with surgery, like pain, bleeding, blood clots and infection.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Leakage and/or bleeding at the suture/staple line.
  • Development or worsening of gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn.
  • Vitamin and protein deficiency

Take the first step right now. Register online for one of our free seminars, or call 800-693-2273.

Bariatric Surgery Services of ChristianaCare
501 West 14th Street
Wilmington Hospital
Gateway Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions