UPMC Physician Perspectives Spring 2014 - page 2

NEWNONSURGICAL
WEIGHTMANAGEMENT
PROGRAMHELPS
MOREPATIENTS
TheUPMCHamot BariatricSurgeryCenter hasexpanded its
program tooffer an innovativenonsurgicalweightmanagement
programaimedat helpingmorepeople leadhealthier lives.
“Manypeople strugglewithobesity, but don’twant, or qualify,
forweight loss surgery,” saysAmjadAli,MD, director ofUPMC
Hamot’sBariatricSurgeryCenter. “Becauseanyweight loss can
improveone’shealth,wewant tohelp them.”
A fellowship-trainedbariatric surgeon,Dr.Ali recentlybecame
board-certified inobesitymedicineand thefirst bariatric surgeon
in the region, andamong the fewnationally, tobecertified in
both specialties.
Centerof Excellence
AccreditedasaBariatricSurgeryCenter of Excellenceby
theAmericanSociety forMetabolicandBariatricSurgery,
UPMCHamot’s longstandingbariatricprogramoffersweight loss
surgery forpatientswhoaremorbidlyobese—80 to 100pounds
overweight—andat high riskof seriousmedical problems.
Surgical optionsofferedatUPMCHamot includegastricbypass,
LAP-BAND® surgery, and laparoscopic sleevegastrectomy.
Thehospital is theEriearea’s leadingprovider of bariatricweight
reduction surgeries.
ANonsurgicalOption
Thenonsurgicalweightmanagementprogramoffersacomprehensive
rangeof services, includingweight lossmanagement, lifestyle
changes (nutritionandexercise),medication tocontrol hunger, and
psychological support toaddresseatingbehaviors. Participants
learn tomake realisticchangesunder theguidanceof aphysician,
psychologist, nutritionist, and support staff.
Obesity is linked to42 seriousmedical problems, includingheart
disease, highbloodpressure, diabetes, highcholesterol, cancer,
infertility, backpain, skin infections, ulcers, andgallstones.
Dr.Ali saysweight losscanhelpdrastically improve theseconditions.
“We’veexpandedour program somorepeoplecanbenefit from
our expertise, givingpatients the toolsneeded to loseweight
andmakenecessary lifestylechanges for long-term successand
healthier living,” saysDr.Ali.
Weight LossSurgeryGuidelines
BMI of40orhigher
BMI of 35 to39withoneormoreseriousobesity-related
healthconditions, suchasdiabetesor sleepapnea
NonsurgicalWeight LossGuidelines
BMI of 30orhigher
BMI of 27orhigherwithat least onecomorbidity
Formore informationabout theUPMCHamotBariatricSurgery
Centerand thenewnonsurgicalweightmanagementprogram,
call 814-877-6997. To learnabout all of theUPMCbariatric
surgeryprograms, visitUPMC.com/Bariatrics.
Thousands of patients have lostweight
safely and successfully sinceUPMCHamot
launchednorthwesternPennsylvania’s
first bariatric surgeryprogram in2003.
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