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 with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.