Bariatric Surgery Program

Bariatric Surgery Program

The Christiana Care Bariatric Surgery Program at Wilmington Hospital is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This accreditation means that Christiana Care and our surgeons have proven that our clinical practices, patient outcomes and facilities meet the rigorous standards of this organization. Christiana Care Bariatric Surgery Program is also a Blue Distinction Plus designee from BlueCross BlueShield Association, a 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center from Cigna and an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility.

The Bariatric Surgery Process

If you choose to undergo weight-loss surgery at Christiana Care, you will be guided through a comprehensive process at the Weight Management Center that has been developed to promote the best outcome for you, as well as provide for your comfort, emotional health and peace of mind.

Surgical evaluation

Your process begins with evaluation by one of the two surgical groups operating at Christiana Care Health System, Bariatric Surgical Services at Christiana Care with Caitlin Halbert, D.O., Anthony R. Tascone, M.D., or CHRIAS with George Ibrahim, M.D., Isaias Irgau, M.D., Michael Peters, M.D., and Gail Wynn, M.D.  Your surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for the surgery and help you determine which surgery is right for you.

Pre-surgery preparation

Your next step will be to meet with the team at the Weight Management Center. A comprehensive medical assessment and psychological evaluation will be done, as well as medical clearance by our physician before your surgery is scheduled. In addition, you will be scheduled to attend our life-skills education classes to receive important information about dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes after surgery. Our bariatric nurse coordinator and case manager will review with you any other additional tests and consults that need to be done to prepare you for the surgical process.

We also offer a monthly nutrition and weight management class, led by our registered dietitian and exercise physiologist that you may enroll in to meet your specific insurance requirement.

While you are preparing for surgery, we encourage you to attend our bariatric surgery support group, which will give you an opportunity to meet and learn from people who already have undergone the surgery.

Surgery

Once all pre-operative requirements have been met, you will be scheduled for a surgical clearance appointment with your surgeon and obtain approval from your insurance.  Your surgery will be scheduled at Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital.

Follow-up

Follow-up appointments will be an essential part of your post-surgical care. Medical and nutrition follow-up appointments will focus on how you are recuperating from surgery and adjusting to eating changes. Our dietitians will provide you with sample food plans and menus that will ensure that you receive adequate nutrition to promote healing and maintain healthy body function.

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Weight Management Center
501 West 14th Street
Wilmington Hospital
Gateway Building, 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions
302-623-3475