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 Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center 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 Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Does Weight Loss Surgery Contribute To Alcohol Problems?

Bariatric surgery (used to treat obesity) seems to be correlated an increased abusing of alcohol in patients.

Some people, particularly younger men, may develop alcohol use disorder (AUD) two years after having a certain type of weight loss surgery, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study followed more than 2,000 men and women who had the bariatric surgery to treat obesity, at 10 different hospitals in the United States. Patients were interviewed before surgery and several times afterward.

The increased abuse or dependence on alcohol doesn’t appear the first year after surgery. But during the second year, almost 10 percent of the patients showed symptoms of alcohol use disorder. Patients who did develop AUD were more likely to be:

  • male
  • younger
  • smokers
  • those who already regularly drank alcohol
  • those who used recreational drugs
  • those who reported a lower sense of belonging in psychological tests.

One certain type of surgery, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, was also more likely to be involved than laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (the “lap band”)or other less common procedures. Prior studies have shown alcohol sensitivity is increased by this surgery, but not by the other types. The path to the small intestine is shorter, so alcohol reaches it more quickly. Patients report feeling the effects of alcohol faster, and taking longer to return to being sober. Some report becoming intoxicated on less alcohol than before, and others report trouble controlling the amount they drink.

The researchers do not suggest changing the type of surgery, which is the most commonly used for bariatric surgery, despite an almost doubling of alcohol problems after the procedure. Instead, they suggest doctors warn patients about the potential, and watch for symptoms. Referrals for treatment can be offered as well.

Some patients may have had problems with alcohol at some point prior to surgery, but were able to control them until after they had recovered. Others may have hidden their symptoms in order to qualify for the surgery.

No studies have been done to determine safe levels of drinking after this type of weight loss surgery. The researchers did caution that a number of patients were consuming three or more drinks per day, which could lead to other health problems. While their study does not prove a cause and effect from the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, it does strongly suggest a connection.

Further research is recommended to discover any longer term effects, and we recommend anyone who knows someone having this surgery warn them about this possible danger.