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Our programs facilitate healthy and positive lifestyle through collaborative care.

The Medical Program is a 2 years program divided into 3 phases – Active, Maintenance and Consolidation.

This program is currently offered virtually. In person groups will be offered as Ministry of Health allows.

Phase Description
Active Phase
0 – 6 months
It consists of weekly 90 minutes group sessions. Depending on your individual needs, during the 24 weeks you will complete 6-12 weeks of medically supervised meal replacement (Optifast 900®).
Maintenance Phase
6 – 12 months
You can attend support groups and follow-up with the clinic Doctor.
Consolidation Phase
12 – 24 months
In this phase, you will begin transitioning back to the community of ongoing weight management support. You can continue to attend support groups and follow-up with the clinic Doctor

The Medical Program will help you:

  • Identify and change patterns of behaviour that contribute to weight gain
  • Understand why it’s hard to change behaviours
  • Be more aware of reasons why you eat other than hunger
  • Implement skills in meal planning and journaling
  • Explore the benefits of physical activity
  • Problem solve around food, exercise, stress and time management

The Active Phase of the Medical Program:

  • Consists of 24 weekly group sessions
  • Requires a commitment of 90 minutes per week for the 24 weekly sessions
  • Group sessions are facilitated by a Registered Dietitian, Social Worker/Behaviouist and Exercise Specialist
  • Provides regular monitoring by a Physician specializing in Obesity Medicine
  • Requires that patients have blood work and an electrocardiogram before beginning the Medical Program. Blood work will be done periodically during the program.
  • Monitors change in weight and health measures such as quality of life, mobility, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol values and more

To learn more about the medical program please visit the Ontario Bariatric Network website.

Surgery is a tool for long term weight management when combined with lifestyle modifications. The procedures offered in our centre are Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB), Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) and Duodenal Switch (DS). Your surgeon will discuss which procedure is most appropriate for you.

Gastric Banding is not covered by the Ministry of Health and is not offered at our centre.

Patients entering the program will complete medical, behavioural and nutritional assessments to determine readiness for bariatric surgery. Patients may also be required to participate in psychological, psychiatric and/or social work assessments.  Individuals may require significant lifestyle changes in order to be ready for bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery may help you:

  • Manage chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and obesity.
  • Improve your quality of life

Referral process:

To learn more about the types of surgeries please visit the Ontario Bariatric Network website.

Surgical Pathways

Last updated on: February 22nd, 2021