Casco Bay surgeons Kirk Sahagian (Program Medical Director) and Roy Cobean are members of Maine Medical Center’s comprehensive Weight & Wellness Program. Their participation in that program provides qualified patients with morbid obesity access to a multidisciplinary team approach to obesity evaluation, treatment and, when appropriate, advanced laparoscopic approaches to weight loss (bariatric) surgery. Dr. Sahagian and Dr. Cobean are experts with laparoscopy, GI endoscopy, and minimally-invasive surgical techniques, including robotic surgery (da Vinci system). The Weight & Wellness Program is in the same building as Casco Bay.
Maine Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level 1a Inpatient Bariatric facility, and our Scarborough Surgery Center was the first outpatient bariatric surgery center in New England fully accredited by the ACS (January 2010). We have been performing Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass since 1999 and Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy since 2013.
We introduced laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND) to Portland in 2006 but have largely abandoned it for more reliable operations, as have most programs around the country. We continue to manage bands for hundreds of patients who are doing well with them and try to remedy, remove, or convert to other operations (when bands continue to cause problems).
We accept patients who move to Maine after having weight loss surgery elsewhere and offer revision surgery in selected situations. We use minimally-invasive surgical techniques for almost all operations, including revisions.
You can find more information at the web site for the Maine Medical Center Weight & Wellness Program.