The Maine Medical Center Weight & Wellness program is focused on treatment of obesity. Adults and children with obesity are at increased risk for conditions such as: hypertension, lipid disorders, cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, sleep apnea, diabetes, menstrual irregularity, liver disease and certain types of cancer. Fortunately, people who carry extra weight can lower their risk of disease through:
- Weight loss surgery
- Anti-obesity medications
- Healthy lifestyle
Our integrated team of surgeons, physicians, advanced practice providers, dietitians, athletic trainers and behavioral health clinicians provides a supportive environment free from weight bias and stigma, empowering people of all ages to improve their health and quality of life. Together, our team develops personalized treatment plans to address each patient’s individual needs. Treatment includes:
Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)
- Weight loss surgery is a procedure that modifies the stomach and/or intestines to treat obesity and obesity-related medical conditions. It improves the body’s ability to achieve a healthier weight and has been shown to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for the disease of obesity.
- Weight loss surgery often cures some, if not all, obesity-related medical conditions.
- Assessment of each patient’s current medications and medical history
- Discussion and initiation of anti-obesity medications
- Evaluation of genetic risks for obesity
- Individual diet and nutrition counseling
- Assessment of each patient’s fitness level and a plan for increased physical activity
- Behavioral support
- Group cooking and nutrition classes
Provider Referral Guidelines
- Adult patients must have a BMI of 35 or greater to be referred
- To be eligible for surgery the patient must either have:
- A BMI of greater than 40 or
- A BMI greater than 35 with comorbidities (insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, stroke, sleep apnea)
- Pediatric patients must have a BMI that is greater than the 85th percentile to be referred to our program
If you are a MaineHealth provider, please enter referrals through EPIC AMB REF1104. If you do not have access to EPIC, please mail or fax the following information to our office:
- Patient contact information/demographics
- Emergency contact
- Insurance(s)/guarantor (pediatrics)
- Current BMI
- Medical history & physical exam notes (within the last year)
- Recent lab work (within the last year)
- Most recent EKG
Talk to Your Doctor
If extra weight is limiting your lifestyle, talk to your primary care physician about a referral to our program.
Learn more about MaineHealth weight management services.