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Lourdes Bariatric Surgeon Completes 500th Procedure

500th-bariatric-surgeryDr. Mark Salcone, medical director of the Bariatric Surgery program at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, recently completed his 500th bariatric surgery case.

Lourdes’ Bariatric Surgery program, accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), and recently accredited by the Clinical Sciences Institute of Optum as a Bariatric Center of Excellence, is noted for its clinical quality, as well as its multidisciplinary team and patient-centered care.

Along with Dr. Salcone, Lourdes’ Bariatric multidisciplinary team is made up of numerous weight-loss experts, including surgeons, nurses, dietitians and therapists.

“We are proud to have reached this milestone,” said Dr. Salcone. “Lourdes Bariatric team is fully dedicated to patients’ overall well-being, from deciding the most appropriate weight-loss plan–whether surgical or non-surgical, to exercise instruction, nutrition counseling, support groups and continuous education afterward.

“Our comprehensive program offers many options for those who need support. Our focus is on health and long-term success–which is why so many of our patients refer us to their friends and family.”

In the U.S, more than 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health. Illnesses associated with obesity range from diabetes and heart disease to certain types of cancers. Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as cardiomyopathy and diabetes.

Accredited centers like Lourdes offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for bariatric patients. For more information about bariatric surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, call  1-888-LOURDES (568-7337).

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