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Bariatric Surgery

SEARHC’s Bariatric Program helps individuals successfully reduce and manage their weight to live happier, healthier lives. The bariatric program at SEARHC addresses the physical, emotional and social challenges associated with being overweight. Led by our fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. James Taggart, and his supportive team, the Bariatric Program provides a comprehensive weight-loss system to help patients achieve long term results. SEARHC’s Bariatric Program offers personalized care before, during, and after the surgery.

SEARHC’s bariatric surgery team consists of skilled professionals who are all involved in assessing your health issues and developing an individual weight management plan. Your team includes:

  • Bariatric Surgeon
  • Bariatric Coordinator
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Behavioral Health
  • Primary Care Provider

SEARHC offers the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y options for bariatric surgery in Sitka at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center. Bariatric surgeries require a referral from your primary care provider.

SEARHC offers a monthly virtual support group to bariatric surgical patients on the first Thursday of every month. Members of the SEARHC Bariatric Team facilitate meetings; these meetings are open to the public and participation is confidential. Each session will cover a specific topic and allow participants the opportunity to have questions answered and share helpful tips and resources. 

If you have any questions about Bariatric Surgery or would like to participate in the virtual support group, please reach out to Leslie deFluiter, Bariatric Coordinator, at Leslied@searhc.org.



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