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General and Bariatric Surgery
As a surgeon, Dr. Sarah Hayek specializes in this minimally invasive surgical technique that uses cameras and small instruments inserted through very small incisions. This approach allows for less scarring and faster healing for his patients. Typical laparoscopic surgeries include: hernia repair, gallbladder, and appendix or colon removal. Understanding that many patients approach surgery with some degree of apprehension, Dr. Hayek provides clear information in a calm and caring way giving his patients the necessary time to ask questions and make informed decisions about their care.
Dr. Hayek's goal is to make surgery a positive experience and to help each patient achieve the best possible results.
In addition to the laparoscopic surgeries listed above, Dr. Hayek performs the following surgical procedures:
- Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) -- Gastric sleeve and other weight-loss surgeries make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. Gastric sleeve and other weight-loss surgeries are done when diet and exercise haven't worked or when you have serious health problems because of your weight.
- Endoscopic surgery – or minimally invasive surgery as it is sometimes called, uses special instruments, that allow for smaller incisions, quicker recovery, and fewer side effects.
- Colorectal surgery – surgical treatment for a wide variety of minor colon and rectal diseases ranging from inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease) to diverticulitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhoids.
- Cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder, is often done electively, but the gallbladder can become acutely inflamed and require an emergency operation. Ruptures of the appendix and small bowel obstructions are other common emergencies.
Surgical Weight Loss Program
Has obesity created problems for you or a loved one?
The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Raleigh General Hospital helps people transform their lives and become healthy. Many people have tried diets, exercise and weight loss programs and still find themselves unable to get control over their weight. The search for a solution that will help you lose weight and regain your health can be long and frustrating, but it is an important journey because it reinforces your commitment to change your life for the better.
At Raleigh General Hospital, we are here to offer support and, if you and your doctor determine surgery is the right path for you, a range of surgical procedures that mean health and success are within your reach.
Every interaction you have with us will be focused on helping you become as healthy as you can be. Our entire team is committed to supporting you on your journey to permanent weight loss and a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a serious surgical procedure and requires an extreme change in lifestyle, eating and nutritional habits. Because of the lifelong commitment, the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Raleigh General Hospital requires an in-depth evaluation and screening prior to considering a candidate for weight loss surgery. This evaluation includes a thorough medical history and examination, as well as an evaluation of lifestyle and motivation.
Once you and your doctor have agreed that bariatric surgery is a good choice for you, there are several steps that will occur before surgery is scheduled. Some of these steps include: patient education classes, comprehensive blood testing, cardiology, pulmonary and gastroenterology evaluations (if needed) and appointments with dietitians who will assist you in achieving the mandatory preoperative weight loss.
Most patients have surgery three to six months after their initial inquiry (depending on your specific health problems and your ability to meet preoperative goals). You must meet all criteria prior to receiving a surgery date.
Generally, patients who are good candidates for the Surgical Weight Loss Program are those who:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35 or greater with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, etc.
- Have made unsuccessful attempts to lose weight and keep it off
- Have a strong personal desire to lose weight and improve health
- Fully understand and are prepared for the important changes that will result from surgery
- Are ambulatory (capable of walking/moving without assistance)
The benefits of weight loss surgery may include:
- Significant weight loss
- Improvement of Type II Diabetes
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Relief of sleep apnea
- Relief of acid reflux
- Decreased joint pain
- Improved mobility
- Improved mood and self-esteem
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)
The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure in which two-thirds of the stomach is removed, which provides a decreased appetite and quickly feeling full. The remaining stomach looks like a long tube, hence the name sleeve, which restricts food intake by allowing only a small amount of food to be consumed at one time. Weight loss is achieved by both a reduction in stomach capacity and the production of the hormoneghrelin, which is associated with hunger and appetite. This procedure is also performed robotically, which means less scarring, less pain and a faster healing time. This procedure works by restricting food intake without involving bypass of the intestinal track of a foreign object being placed around the stomach.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGBP)
A small stomach pouch is created which restricts food intake resulting in a sense of fullness following even small meals. Therefore, as gastric bypass implies, food is re-routed past most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. RYGBP achieves weight loss through both gastric restriction and malabsorption.
- Sarah Hayek, MD
- Sandra Clay, FNP-C
- Bri Fait, RDN
- Catherine Newberg, RN
- Insurance and Referral Information
No referrals needed. Call to schedule a free seminar regarding bariatric pathway.
Insurance and Billing
We participate in most insurance plans, HMOs and PPOs. We accept Medicare assignment. We will gladly file your insurance for you; however, we do request your portion (co-payment, deductible, or co-insurance) be paid at the time services are rendered. These payments may be made by cash, check or credit card. At this time, we cannot bill Medicaid for our bariatric services.