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Bariatric care program supports significantly overweight patients
Loyola University Medical Center has recently recruited one of the country’s leading bariatric surgeons to head a new multidisciplinary program supporting the immediate- and long-term needs of people living with the challenges of excess weight. Bipan Chand, MD, director, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, formerly practiced at the Cleveland Clinic, where he performed more than 2,000 bariatric surgeries and helped hundreds of patients to lose weight permanently.
“We offer the full range of advanced medical and surgical options,” Dr. Chand said. “Operations such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and adjustable lap bands are much less invasive than even five years ago. These laparoscopic procedures allow for faster recovery and fewer complications from wounds or respiratory and cardiac stress during surgery.”
Loyola’s program participants have access to specialists in bariatrics (weight loss), diabetes, heart and liver disease, respiratory and digestive complications, urinary incontinence, arthritis, psychology, nutrition and exercise. Many team members serve as faculty at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, teaching the next generation of specialists in weight loss and weight-related illnesses.
A unique program feature is Loyola’s ongoing commitment to the patient. Once enrolled, the patient receives the initial multidisciplinary treatment plan, the ensuing medical or surgical interventions, and then an ongoing partnership through specialty medicines, maintenance programs and support groups.
Anyone interested in Loyola’s weight loss programs is invited to attend a free informational seminar, where our bariatric team will explain how the programs work.