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Conemaugh Physician Group offers Third option for Weight Loss Surgery
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Posted: 2011-10-05

A third type of weight loss surgery is now being offered to patients at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

The sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a vertical gastrectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the left side of the stomach is surgically removed, restricting the amount of food that can be eaten.

“During this surgery a portion of the stomach responsible for secreting the hormone ghrelin is removed. Ghrelin is known to stimulate hunger so by lowering the amount of ghrelin in the body, patients experience less appetite,” says Dr. Patrick Gatmaitan, a general and bariatric surgeon with CPG Valley Surgeons.  “This procedure is also done without having to reroute the intestines so patients experience fewer problems with absorption of nutrients.”

The other two types of surgery available at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center include Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass and Adjustable Gastric Band or Lap-Band.

Lap-Band surgery is a procedure designed to increase weight loss by placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach, which limits food intake. The band is then adjusted by the surgeon following surgery to help ensure the patient meets his or her weight loss goals. Benefits to minimally invasive Lap-Band surgery, which is reversible, include: no cutting or stapling of the stomach, a brief hospital stay and the band is adjusted without surgery.

During Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass, surgeons create a small pouch that permanently acts as the stomach and significantly reduces the amount of food a person can eat. The small intestine is realigned, so that food moves past the upper digestive system, reducing the number of calories the body absorbs.

“Each type of surgery offers different advantages,” says Dr. D’Arcy Duke, general and bariatric surgeon with CPG Valley Surgeons. “That is why our program offers all threeprocedures. It is important to educate potential candidates about the different types ofsurgery and help them determine which type best fits their needs.”

All three types of surgery are discussed at free educational seminars offered by Conemaugh Memorial’s Weight Management Center.  Monthly sessions are held at Memorial’s Lee Campus. For more information on these sessions or the types of surgery offered, call (814) 534-6470.

About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at www.conemaugh.org.

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