The Bariatric Program at HRH is a Bariatric Center of Excellence (BCOE) and one of the largest centres in Ontario. It provides comprehensive and holistic medical and surgical bariatric services to patients with obesity and obesity related ailments with a multidisciplinary team approach.
Medical Bariatric Program
The Medical Bariatric Program is a non-surgical, 1 year medically supervised weight loss program. Unique from commercial programs, it offers a robust, evidence based approach to weight loss combining behaviour modification classes and meal replacement shakes. Patients are closely monitored by an Internist, Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Registered Dietician and Registered Kinesiology.
During the course of the program, patients will learn and apply skills around:
- emotional eating
- support network development
- comprehension of metabolism
- meal planning and label reading
- managing cues and triggers
- weight relapse prevention
- body image
The active phase of the program consists of weekly sessions for 21 consecutive weeks and then transitions to support groups. This is a one-time program.
Surgical Bariatric Program
The Surgical Bariatric Program takes a comprehensive approach to weight management using surgical and behavioural modification. The Surgical Program offers Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Duodenal Switch and Single Anastomosis Duodenal-Ileal Bypass (SADI). Patients are prepared for surgery by attending a Bariatric Surgery Education session. This is then followed by a myriad of appointments with the surgeon, bariatrician, Registered Nurse, Registered Dietician, Social Worker, and Psychiatrist (by referral). Upon completion of these appointments and demonstration of commitment to the lifestyle required for success following surgery, patients are then booked for surgery. Diet and lifestyle modification are key to your success in this program.
The program is delivered virtually and in person making it a highly accessible program catering to all learning styles and needs.
Patients are also captured in Bariatric Registry where standardized data is collected anonymously for all consented patients across Ontario. The purpose is to understand the effects of obesity and the impact of the interventions.
What To Expect
You can expect weight loss as long as you are committed to the lifestyle and dietary changes.