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Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Structure House to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Structure House.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Higher Suicide Risk

An estimated 225,000 Americans are undergoing weight-loss surgery every year, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Weight-loss surgery can improve the physical health of people who are morbidly obese, but there remains a great deal of emotional and psychological work to be done.

In addition to needing to address the emotional issues underlying the weight problem in order to prevent weight regain, a study published in The American Journal of Medicine suggests that weight-loss surgery recipients may have an increased risk of suicide in the years following the procedure.

Although the suicide rate for those who undergo weight-loss surgery is low, studies show that it is higher than the general population. The most recent study tracked individuals who underwent weight-loss surgery for 10 years following the procedure and provided the following findings:

  • Among 16,683 who had weight-loss surgery between 1995 and 2004, 31 committed suicide by the end of 2006. This translates into a suicide rate of nearly 14 per 10,000 men per year, and five per 10,000 women each year.
  • Among the general population in the same age range, the suicide rate for men in 2005 was 2.5 per 10,000, while the rate among women was 0.6 per 10,000.
  • Thirty percent of suicides among those who underwent weight-loss surgery occurred within two years of the procedure, and 70 percent occurred within three years.

While weight-loss surgery most definitely does not lead to suicide, the research suggests that some surgery patients may have depression or another mental illness that increases the suicide rate. Severely obese adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health disorders require thorough screenings, assessments and treatment for any underlying issues that could impact the effectiveness of the surgery.

Researchers also noted that weight-loss surgery recipients require counseling and monitoring pre- and post-surgery to prepare them for life after the procedure. Some individuals may be disappointed with their weight loss or their overall quality of life, while others may not know how to handle the physical and emotional changes that accompany such dramatic weight loss.