Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bariatric care program supports significantly overweight patients

Dr. Bipan Chand

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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.