Bariatrics and Weight Management – New

The Bariatric Surgery Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center provides a complete weight loss program based on your unique needs.

Take the first step in the right direction and begin your weight loss journey today. Register for an information session at MedStar Franklin Square or at MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus to get answers to your questions about bariatric surgery.

Bariatric and Weight Loss Management Program

Our Bariatric and Weight Loss Management Program offers:

  • Educational seminar - This is a mandatory education seminar to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. See seminar dates and times.
  • Preoperative weight management program - A three to six month monitored weight loss program.
  • Bariatric Surgery: Our program offers safe and effective weight loss surgery and top bariatric surgeons trained in the latest technologies. Learn more about the types of bariatric surgery.
  • Free Monthly Support Group-A solid support system for long-term weight loss success. Monthly meetings include open discussions about weight loss information and activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Facebook Support Group -This private Facebook group is for current and prospective patients to have an avenue to share their progress and have an opportunity to connect with others who are on this same journey. Visit our Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center Bariatric Facebook Support Group

High-Quality Bariatric Surgical Care

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is fully accredited through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) for providing the safest most effective weight loss surgery procedures. MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers.

We provide a comprehensive weight loss program based on your unique needs. Our team includes bariatric surgeons, gastroenterologists, registered dietitians, exercise physiologist/physical therapist, mental health professionals, and a bariatric coordinator.

Our surgeons are trained in the latest technologies, including robotic surgery. The da Vinci® Surgical System is used for multiple types of bariatric treatment options. Your surgeon will decide if you are a candidate for a surgical bariatric procedure following a comprehensive evaluation.


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Robotic Surgery Restores Quality of Life for 28-Year-Old

 Margaret H storySM
At only 28 years old, Margaret H. knew she was too young to be experiencing fecal incontinence, the inability to control her bowel movements, and frequent urination.

“They were pretty inconvenient,” Margaret, a resident of Baltimore, said of her symptoms. “Pooping your pants is not a fun experience.” A consultant, Margaret remembers that it was difficult to be in professional settings and meetings.

Looking for an explanation, Margaret told her gynecologist about her symptoms. She was not expecting to hear that she may need surgery. After a meeting with a gastroenterologist, Margaret was referred to Lisa Savoie, MD, co-medical director of the Robotic Surgery Program in the division of colon and rectal surgery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, for a second opinion.

In Sept. 2014, Dr. Savoie diagnosed Margaret with a prolapsed rectum, a rare condition for someone her age. The rectum can prolapse, slip or fall out of place, when the ligaments, and muscles attaching it to the pelvis weaken. In most cases, surgery is needed to treat a prolapsed rectum.

By the time of the diagnosis, Margaret was not hesitant about surgery. “I hadn’t heard of robotic surgery,” she remembers. “But I figured if Dr. Savoie was the director she knew what she was doing. She made me feel completely comfortable.”

For Margaret, robotic surgery would be more precise, significantly less painful, involve less scarring and have a shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. She was thoroughly educated about the da Vinci® Surgical System by her physician, educational papers, and diagrams. “She was very professional and very knowledgeable,” Margaret said of Dr. Savoie.

After the surgery, Margaret experienced no complications. “It was a really good experience from start to finish,” Margaret recalls of her procedure. “I felt really comfortable with all the staff and very well taken care off.  Dr. Savoie was incredible; I felt so comfortable and safe with her and would highly recommend her to anyone.”

Margaret is now able to do all the activities she was missing out on. “I had stopped working out because it exacerbated the situation,” Margaret said.  “My whole quality of life has improved.”


Location Information

To schedule an appointment, please call 443-777-6225

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Center for Digestive Disease
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Child Protection Team


A MedStar Franklin Square nurse checks on a pediatric patient. 

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center confronts child abuse issues head on. Below is a list of some of our support services and initiatives. 

  • Establishment of a Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Evaluation Team
  • Trained staff to provide acute sexual abuse/assault examinations
  • Comprehensive child abuse and neglect services
  • Psychological support and case management to victims of acute sexual abuse
  • Liaison services to community resources and follow up
  • Establishment of a Child Abuse Assessment Clinic
  • Social work coverage for victims of both sexual and physical abuse, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Community outreach and training

Did you know children are 35 times more likely than adults to be the victim of identity theft? In the video below, Scott Krugman, MD, chair of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square, explains how a new state campaign will help protect the identity of newborns: 

Contact Information

To learn more, please call 443-777-7127.