For patients who are morbidly obese and have been unsuccessful in controlling their weight through diet and exercise programs, bariatric surgery may be an effective treatment option.
The Center offers Roux-en Y divided gastric bypass surgery, the adjustable gastric band and the gastric sleeve.
Since it began in 1999, the bariatric surgery program has enabled more than 1,000 patients to lose weight and restore active healthy lives.
Dr. Washington began his extensive bariatric training by assisting on more than 250 bariatric cases – both gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band. Now as medical director of the FirstHealth Bariatric team, Dr. Washington provides leadership and direction of the new and improved program. He is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He recently was recognized for his achievements in surgery by his alma mater, St. Joseph’s University, when he was made the institution’s spokesperson and national representative.
Dr. Grantham is board certified in general surgery. He received his medical training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed his residency and a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2008.
Performed by way of either a traditional “open” incision or a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) approach, bariatric surgery is a proven safe and effective method for promoting weight loss in the morbidly obese and for treating the illnesses associated with morbid obesity such as sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure and joint pain.