Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Loyola Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care Center Opens

Multidisciplinary Weight-Loss Team Offers Surgical and Nonsurgical Options

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) opened a multidisciplinary center to treat obesity today, Tuesday, July 10. The new Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care is located at 719 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park.

“The new Loyola center will offer patients with weight-related health issues the expertise of a full team of bariatric specialists, including surgeons, physicians, psychologists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists,” said Bipan Chand, MD, FACS, FASMBS, FASGE, director of the new center. “The Loyola program features a tailored approach of treatment that can include surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss options.”  The Loyola program helps address a wide variety of obesity-related health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates that approximately 72 million people are obese in the United States and 200,000 people have bariatric surgery each year. Obesity led to some $147 billion in medical costs, according to a 2008 research study.

“For most patients suffering from obesity, losing weight is truly a lifesaver. It adds years to lives, eliminates or reduces many chronic conditions and improves quality of life,” Chand said. “Bariatric surgery is an excellent medical solution for many, but we have several options in the weight-loss toolbox at Loyola."

Surgical procedures offered by the new Loyola Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Center include laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and also laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

“Patients also may be candidates for our nonsurgical program that works one-on-one to provide individualized care to help them make lifelong changes in diet and behavior,” said Chand, who was recruited from the Cleveland Clinic. He has performed more than 2,000 bariatric surgeries and helped hundreds of patients to lose weight permanently. “At Loyola, we partner closely with patients to carefully identify which weight-loss option is best for them based on their individual medical and psychological criteria."

Loyola takes an integrated team approach and education and support groups play an important role in all aspects of care.

To learn more about medical and surgical weight loss at Loyola, or to sign up for a free information session, please call (800) 504-1397 or visit http://www.loyolamedicine.com/bariatrics/

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.