Real Hope for a Healthier You
People who are at least 100 pounds over their ideal body weight suffer serious health risks and may face discrimination, ridicule and misunderstanding. Why not take the first step and request information today? A new and healthier you awaits.
Norman Regional’s Weight Loss and Bariatric Program believes in improving every aspect of a patient’s life. Our philosophy is to educate and prepare all our patients for their weight-loss journey — because a well-prepared patient is the most successful patient.
All our patients undergo pulmonary function testing and individual consultation with our surgeon, psychologist, dietitian and exercise physiologist. Some patients may need further consultation with specialists in cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology or others. This encompasses:
- Proper screening
- An assessment of the risks and benefits of surgery for each patient
- A multidisciplinary approach that includes a surgeon evaluation, nutrition counseling, support groups, psychological assessment, physical assessment and plan, and preoperative classes
- Appropriate follow-up
It’s crucial to have support and advice from others who are undergoing weight-loss surgery. Norman Regional provides a comprehensive support group in a safe, confidential environment. Meetings start with an educational topic and then break into open discussion. There is no fee to attend and no registration is needed. The support group meets the first and third Thursday and every third Saturday of the month at Norman Regional Hospital’s Education Center.
Miranda Matlick, RN, Bariatric Coordinator
Registered nurse Miranda Matlick has served as coordinator since 2014 and has worked in Norman Regional’s bariatric unit since 2008, functioning as a project manager and clinical resource for the bariatric surgery program. She conducts patient orientation, patient and staff education, and support group moderation. Contact the bariatric coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org Surgery Team The primary surgical team is a diverse group of medical professionals including a surgeon, anesthesiologist, registered nurses and surgical technicians.
Floor Team A metabolic surgery unit composed of specialized registered nurses and nursing assistants, this team cares for bariatric surgery patients just after surgery and when they return home.
Physical Therapy This team, including licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, assesses the patient’s mobility and functionality limitations and develops a treatment plan before and after surgery to safely accelerate weight loss and evolve with the patient’s needs as the transition occurs.