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Monongahela Valley Hospital Co-hosts Bariatric Info Sessions

Ramesh Ramananthan, M.D. photo

Ramesh Ramananthan, M.D.

Carol McCloskey, M.D., FACS photo

Carol McCloskey, M.D., FACS.
(June 20, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital, in collaboration with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, will host two local information sessions on minimally invasive bariatric surgery, which treats obesity and its related complications.

Candidates for bariatric surgery are those who need to lose more than 100 pounds.

While Magee's surgical staff will perform the procedures in Pittsburgh, MVH will offer pre-operative testing/clearances and psychological and nutritional consults. The hospitals' collaborative effort will benefit local bariatric patients by reducing their required trips to Pittsburgh.

The Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions are free and will also include a healthy cooking demonstration with samples:

  • Monday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m., room 120, Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver, with Ramesh Ramananthan, M.D., FRCS.
  • Wednesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m., in the MVH Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center, 1163 Country Club Rd., Monongahela, with Carol McCloskey, M.D., FACS.

The physicians will explain minimally invasive (several small incisions) weight loss procedures such as adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass procedures, as well as the steps required prior to surgery, the risks and benefits of the operation, the insurance requirements and the lifestyle changes required for losing and maintaining such significant weight reduction.

With more than 800 minimally invasive bariatric surgeries performed annually, Magee is a Bariatric Center of Excellence, which also studies the long-term outcomes following bariatric surgery.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than one third of U.S. adults - 35percent - and approximately 17 percent of youth ages 2-19 are obese. A recent Lancet journal report found that the U.S. comprises only 5 percent of the world's population but accounts for 13 percent of obese people globally.

To register for either informational session, call 412-641-3632 or 412-802-8299

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