Bariatric Surgeon Joins Fresh Start Bariatrics

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Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Tom Sonnanstine has joined Fresh Start Bariatrics at Riverside Methodist Hospital

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Fresh Start Bariatrics is a multi-disciplinary program, and that fits well with what I believe in and have been involved in.

OhioHealth welcomes bariatric surgeon Dr. Tom Sonnanstine to Fresh Start Bariatrics at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

“I believe bariatric surgery is more than just actual surgery,” said Dr. Sonnanstine. “It requires intensive involvement, education and counseling. Fresh Start Bariatrics is a multi-disciplinary program, and that fits well with what I believe in and have been involved in.”

Dr. Sonnanstine has performed over 2,000 bariatric operations, including over 1,200 laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeries and over 800 adjustable gastric band surgeries. He has taught bariatric surgery methods and techniques across the country. He was most recently the Medical Director of a bariatric surgery program in Kentucky.

“As a bariatric surgeon, I have an opportunity to take care of a number of problems patients are experiencing,” said Dr. Sonnanstine. “It is the only subset of surgery where you can change a person’s quality of life, life expectancy, get rid of medical problems and prevent medical problems from developing later on.”

“I ensure bariatric surgery patients are prepared and educated before surgery, and I perform safe, high-quality procedures. I am available after surgery for follow up and encouragement for long-term success.”

Dr. Sonnanstine attended medical school at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and is originally from Marion, Ohio. He completed his general surgery residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital and completed a minimally invasive/bariatric surgery fellowship at Tufts University/New England Medical Center.

To learn more about Fresh Start Bariatrics, visit http://www.freshstartbariatrics.com.

About Fresh Start Bariatrics
Fresh Start Bariatrics at Riverside Methodist Hospital is a comprehensive weight loss surgery program that provides highly personalized services to lead patients on the path to regain their health. The program offers safe and effective surgical approaches to high quality, sustainable weight loss using advanced, minimally invasive techniques.

About Riverside Methodist Hospital
Since 1892, Riverside Methodist has been serving the central Ohio community as a private, not-for-profit hospital. Riverside Methodist employs more than 5,800 people and works with a medical staff of more than 1,200 physicians who deliver the most advanced healthcare available. For more information, visit http://www.ohiohealth.com/riverside.

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