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Weight Loss FAQ

The experience of both the surgeon and the hospital staff with bariatric surgery are important factors to consider when choosing a bariatric surgeon and bariatric surgery center. Questions prospective patients should ask include:

Is the surgeon fellowship-trained in bariatric procedures?

Peter F. Lalor, M.D., surgeon and medical director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Wood County Hospital, is a board-certified surgeon with fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Lalor received specialized training in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric techniques at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. Dr. Lalor performs more than 200 bariatric surgeries annually. Click here to learn more.

What types of surgeries does he perform?

Dr. Lalor performs a variety of laparoscopic surgical procedures including the Sleeve Gastrectomy, the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, laparoscopic adjustable band, the biliopancreatic diversion with a duodenal switch. He also performs revision procedures for patients who have had surgeries previously.

Is the hospital properly equipped to handle bariatric patients?

Wood County Hospital has 30 years experience treating bariatric surgery patients. We have helped thousands of patients achieve consistent, permanent weight loss leading to better health, an improved quality of life and a longer lifespan. Our staff and equipment are especially suited to bariatric patients.

Does the staff have experience with bariatric surgical cases?

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery includes a multi-disciplinary medical team of specialists experienced in bariatrics that includes: the surgical team, anesthesia team, medical specialist team, registered nurses, a licensed clinical psychologist, and registered dietitians – all experienced in treating bariatric surgery patients.

What type of follow-up care and support do both the surgeon and the facility provide?

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery offers long term follow-up services with Dr. Lalor and other members of the team, including a registered dietitian, to help assure our patients successful long-term weight loss.

Is the facility a Center of Excellence?

The Center for Weight Loss Surgery is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, which means that we meet the highest standard of qualifications and credentialing for bariatric surgery.