Salem Health Bariatric Surgery
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Salem Health Bariatric Surgery Center


What's our differentiator?

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Get started

 

 

We're here to help you decide if weight loss surgery is right for you.

 

 

Success stories

These patients started where you are today — and look at them now!

 

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Jessica's story

“I finally feel like I have a healthy relationship with food and with being active.”


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Bariatric happy couple

Erica's story

“Now, my stomach is the perfect size! My body doesn’t crave sweets anymore.”


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Tony and Tina's story

"The Bariatric Surgery Center helped us take back our lives — and we're healthier now."


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Meet our providers



Nair, Rajan V.

Rajan Nair, MD

Bariatric surgeon

Dr. Nair has been in practice since 1999 at Salem Clinic and serves as the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Salem Health since 2006.

Dr. Nair graduated from Stanford University and received his medical degree from the University of Arizona. He completed his general surgical training at the University of Arizona.

 

 


Boulay, Catherine A.

Catherine Boulay, MD

Bariatric surgeon

Dr. Boulay has been in practice since 2006 and joined Salem Clinic and the bariatric surgery team at Salem Health in 2007.

She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received her medical degree from Columbia University. She completed her general surgical training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

 

 


Boulay, Catherine A.

Julie Crownover, PA

Physician Assistant

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Meet our dietitians

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Seal of the MBSAQIP

Salem Health is proud to be accredited

Patients have many options for where to have bariatric surgery. One significant decision is whether you’ll have your surgery at an accredited or a non-accredited facility. In making this choice, it’s critical patients and referring physicians understand what makes a facility accredited — and why accreditation is so important.

The bariatric and metabolic surgery accreditation process is known as the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. MBSAQIP was developed jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, to foster patient safety and surgical excellence. To become accredited, a facility undergoes a rigorous process of evaluations to ensure a high level of quality.

Learn more about MBSAQIP.


Why is accreditation so important?

A recent study showed the mortality rates at non-accredited facilities are, on average, three times greater than at accredited facilities.

Accreditation is an important, potentially life-saving process. We encourage patients and referring physicians to seek out facilities that meet these rigorous standards.



How to get started


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“I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss and finally feel like I have a healthy relationship with food and with being active.”

Jessica V. — Bariatric surgery patient

 

Step 1: Watch or attend an information session

The first step to having bariatric surgery is watching our information session. The information session provides details that can help you choose a weight loss surgery option that makes sense for you.

Please watch the whole session as it will help with the next step.

Use this chart to find your BMI before watching the information session.

Download our program overview.



Step 2: Submit patient forms


Part B: Ask us questions

This part is optional. Ask us any questions you may have about the packet or forms in the packet.

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Part C: Mail or email it to us

Bariatric Surgery Center
890 Oak St. SE, Suite 5040
Salem, OR 97301

Email the packet


 


Step 3: Talk with your health insurance company

More and more health insurance plans are covering bariatric surgery than ever before. Once you discuss your coverage with your health insurance company, we can help you review any of their requirements. For example, many insurance companies ask that you:

  • Provide several months of documented diet history.
  • Visit with a nutritionist and a mental health professional before going forward with surgery.

We can also help you understand how much you may be expected to pay out of pocket. Our staff works directly with you to suggest finance and payment options.

You may need a referral from your primary care provider. Your health insurance provider will inform you if a referral is necessary.

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Step 4: Complete a screening phone call

After we receive your information packet, we'll call you and discuss your medical history and next steps. At the end of the call, we'll schedule your medical evaluation with a surgeon.

 

Frequently asked questions


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Jessica V. — Bariatric surgery patient

 

Am I a candidate for surgery?

To have weight loss surgery at Salem Hospital, you must meet several requirements:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 65.
  • Be between 21 and 75 years old.
  • Be free from nicotine, cannabis and drugs (or be willing to quit for life). Salem Health CHEC offers smoking cessation classes.

Also, candidates cannot:

  • Weigh more than 500 pounds.
  • Have chronic kidney failure or be on dialysis.
  • Have a history of stomach procedures.
  • Have severe uncontrolled psychiatric disorders or attempted suicide.
  • Be pregnant.
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Which surgery is right for me?

Everyone's needs are different — that's why we offer two kinds of bariatric surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery

In gastric bypass surgery (also called Roux-en-Y surgery), the stomach is divided into two sections: a small section — called a “pouch” — and a large section. Depending on your BMI or surgical history this procedure may be done laparoscopically or with an open incision.

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Sleeve gastrectomy surgery

Sleeve weight-loss surgery is also called a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy — or gastric sleeve for short. The surgeon makes six small incisions in your abdomen and uses a tiny camera and other instruments to perform the surgery through these openings.

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How long is recovery?

Most patients take two weeks off from work after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy surgery. When they return, they’re on light duty for four to six weeks. After that, they resume their regular work. Your surgeon will help decide what’s right for you.

 

What is life like after bariatric surgery?

The ultimate goal of weight-loss surgery is to improve your health. Surgery is a tool to achieve and maintain your health and weight-loss goals. Even after surgery, it may take months or years before you reach your goal weight.

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Bariatric surgery FAQs

Can I afford it?
Is weight-loss surgery reversible?
Will I regain weight in the future?
What happens to the rest of my stomach after surgery?
What happens to my excess skin after surgery?
What is dumping syndrome?
Will I have diarrhea or increased gas after surgery?
What about pregnancy?
Why shouldn’t I drink alcohol after weight loss surgery?
Why can’t I smoke or vape?
Why is cannabis bad?

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Support groups


The Bariatric Surgery Support Group is for current and former patients only and their support persons. Each meeting is held online from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Our support group is led by Steve Besing, PhD, our clinical psychologist. Dr. Besing has worked at the Salem Health Bariatric Surgery Center for more than a decade.


Due to COVID-19, all support group meetings take place online until further notice.

 

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“I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss and finally feel like I have a healthy relationship with food and with being active.”

Jessica V. — Bariatric surgery patient

 

Upcoming support group meetings

  • Stress management approaches

    Worry and stress can trigger a host of problems. There are things we can do to overcome these feelings. Join us to find ways to decrease stressors, increase coping skills and increase your resiliency.

  • How to get motivated to exercise at home

    Discuss exercise with our occupational therapist, Jordain Mahr. Join us to discover simple strategies to incorporate more activity into your day. Learn about exercise apps, using household items for exercise equipment, and the role of heart rate and interval training for reaching your health goals.

  • Post-surgery group

    This session is only for those who have already had bariatric surgery. No matter how long ago you had surgery, we designed this group especially for you! This month we discuss celebrations and opportunities for change.

  • Post-surgery group

    This session is only for those who have already had bariatric surgery. No matter how long ago you had surgery, we designed this group especially for you! This month we discuss matters of the heart — engaging in behaviors that support our heart health and the importance of practicing

  • Post-surgery group

    This session is only for those who have already had bariatric surgery. No matter how long ago you had surgery, we designed this group especially for you! This month we discuss mindfulness — what it is, how it can increase our success in many areas of our lives, and try a mindfulness practice.

Program resources


Questionnaires and forms

To start our program, print and complete these forms. Scan and email them to bariatric.surgery@salemhealth.org. Or call 503-814-5286 to request a paper copy.

  1. Patient questionnaire
  2. Information session review
  3. Authorization form
  4. Insurance coverage worksheet

 

Bariatric surgery overview

Download this PDF to learn about our program.

 

 

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Contact us


Salem Health Bariatric Surgery Center
Salem Hospital, Building C, 5th floor
875 Oak St. SE, Suite 5040
Salem, OR 97301

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 503-814-5286
Fax: 503-814-5467
Bariatric.Surgery@salemhealth.org

 



 


Parking info

1. Building C valet parking

If you have a scheduled appointment in Building C, enter the Building C parking garage on Winter Street. A free valet service will park your vehicle and you can proceed inside for your appointment.

 

2. Parking garage

You may also park in the Salem Hospital parking garage. Enter the parking garage from Capitol Street SE, park your car, then walk to Building C for your appointment.

Map of driving directions to the Building C entrance