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Monongahela Valley Hospital co-hosts
barriatric info sessions

Carol McCloskey, M.D., FACS


Ramesh Ramanathan, M.D., FRCS


Monongahela Valley Hospital, in collaboration with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, will host two free 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, which is an estimated 10 percent of adults in the U.S.

The next two Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Monday, Nov. 12, featuring two of the five fellowship-trained surgeons from Magee’s Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery department.

Carol McCloskey, M.D., FACS, will host the first talk on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m., at MVH’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center, 1163 Country Club Rd., Monongahela. Ramesh Ramanathan, M.D., FRCS, will then speak at the second session at 6 p.m. on Nov. 12, at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, WillowPointe Plaza, 800 Plaza Drive, Rostraver.

The surgeons will explain minimally invasive (using 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; the insurance requirements; and the significant lifestyle changes necessary for losing and maintaining such significant weight reduction.

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 benefits local bariatric patients by reducing their required trips to Pittsburgh.

With more than 800 minimally invasive bariatric surgeries performed annually, Magee is one of only six Bariatric Centers of Excellence in the United States, which also studies the long-term outcomes following bariatric surgery. Medicare patients are required to undergo bariatric surgery at a Center of Excellence.

The five fellowship-trained surgeons of Magee’s Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery each offer vast expertise in weight loss surgery.

Obesity is excess body fat and is defined by body mass index or BMI, a number calculated by using one’s height and weight.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is a contributing cause of many other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer, which are some of the leading causes of death in the United States. Obesity can also cause sleep apnea, breathing problems, and make activity more difficult.

A BMI of 30 is considered obese, and to be considered for weight loss surgery, the patient must have a BMI of 35 with medical problems related to his or her weight, or a BMI of more than 40. To determine your BMI, visit, and search for “adult BMI calculator.”

The CDC estimates that there are 112,000 deaths associated with obesity each year in the United States. The latest statistics show that obese patients’ medical costs are $1,429 more each year than that of people of normal weight; the annual medical costs for obesity related medical costs are as high as $147 billion.

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


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