Meet Dr. Andras Sandor, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.S.M.B.S.
How do you relate to your patients on a personal level?
I have a very close relationship with my patients. We both understand that weight loss surgery is a lifelong commitment for the patient and the surgeon.
How do you make patients feel comfortable and/or safe when they come in to your office?
I try to make the visit as straightforward and personal as possible. I ask my patients to attend a seminar about weight management prior to the office visit, so they will know what to expect during the visit. I am very honest with my patients and understand what a difficult decision they have to make about their lives.
What do you like best about being a weight loss surgeon?
I love the fact that weight loss surgery is not just a cosmetic procedure. In fact, there is no other surgery available right now that can improve or resolve so many medical issues — including ones like diabetes, arthritis and reflux disease. Weight loss surgery provides a great opportunity for a significant improvement in your quality of life.
What would you tell a patient who is curious about weight loss surgery but isn’t sure yet if it is for them?
It is possible that weight loss surgery is not the solution for you, but you can’t ignore your weight problem — especially if you have developed other medical issues as a result of your obesity. In fact, I urge everyone to try a medical weight management program (lifestyle modification, diet and exercise program) first. Successfully losing weight in this manner is the best possible scenario. Otherwise, I encourage you to attend one of our informational seminars and/or support group meetings. You’ll be able to meet individuals who are in similar situations as you, who have already undergone a weight loss surgery procedure.
What would you tell a patient who is apprehensive about weight loss surgery?
It is natural, that you are nervous about surgery. This is a very difficult decision about a very significant intervention to your body. However, if you believe that you have tried all the non-surgical options to lose weight and they have not work for you, weight loss surgery may be your best chance for a healthier, happier life.
• Lawrence Memorial Hospital
• Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
• Winchester Hospital
• General Surgery
• Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
• Bariatric Surgery
General Surgery – American Board of Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
University of Massachusetts Medical School 2004-2005
Medical School, Year Graduated
Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary 1992
University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1999-2004
Currently Serving Patients at the Following Locations
Commonwealth Surgical Associates
91 Montvale Avenue, Suite 208
Stoneham, MA 02180
Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery
170 Governors Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Medical Society Memberships
• American College of Surgeons
• American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
• Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
• Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
• Massachusetts Medical Society