Melanie Hafford, M.D.
Many people being evaluated for weight-loss surgery in the office of Melanie Hafford, M.D., are there as a last resort. They’ve tried everything to slim down: dieting, exercise, medication, lifestyle changes. Some have developed debilitating medical issues related to their weight. For these patients, Dr. Hafford’s safe, effective weight-loss surgery can transform lives.
Using laparoscopy in the majority of cases, Dr. Hafford helps her patients conquer long-standing obesity with operations such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. After surgery, many see not only dramatic weight reduction but also improvement or even resolution of their other health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.
“After they’ve been through the whole process, they’re happier” says Dr. Hafford. “They’re healthier, and their quality of life is completely improved.”
Dr. Hafford uses advanced laparoscopic techniques in other kinds of surgery, as well. Patients with esophageal disorders like severe reflux or achalasia can benefit from minimally invasive procedures such as Nissen fundoplication and Heller myotomy. She also performs general laparoscopic surgical procedures for hernia repairs, appendectomies, and gallbladder operations.
“My preference is to use laparoscopy,” she says, explaining that the risk of wound infection is lower with the technique because the incisions are so small. There are other advantages, she adds: “Patients are up and moving around faster, they have less pain, and they get back to work faster.”