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Northern Westchester Hospital Designated a Center of Excellence for Weighloss Surgery

April 2, 2012

Weightloss Surgery Can Effectively Treat Type 2 Diabetes, High-Blood Pressure, and Sleep Apnea

Mt. Kisco, NY (PRWEB) April 02, 2012

Northern Westchester Hospital announced today that the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has designated Northern Westchester Hospital a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to help bariatric surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

“At Northern Westchester Hospital our team is performing advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures, including sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures, that go beyond the benefits provided by traditional gastric bypass and banding procedures,” stated Dr. Mitchell Roslin, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.

“Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that patients with Type 2 diabetes who had bariatric surgery were significantly more likely to lower blood sugar to normal levels than those treated with drugs, diet, and exercise,” added Dr. Roslin.

Individuals who are overweight or obese have increased health risks from hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, other respiratory problems, and certain cancers. Higher body weights are also associated with increased deaths in all-cause mortality (1). The successful, long-term management of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other comorbidities depends on a dedicated, multidisciplinary team working together with the patient and their family.

The Surgical Weightloss Program at Northern Westchester Hospital provides:

o    Advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures

o    Patient education and peer support

o    Nutritional counseling services

o    Medically monitored physical rehabilitation to help transition into more active lifestyles

o    A commitment to long-term support

To learn more about the NWH Surgical Weightloss Program or to attend a FREE seminar, call 1.877.677.1077 or visit http://www.nwhsurgicalweightloss.org/seminars.

The Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) designation currently enables reimbursement from major health insurers, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), CIGNA, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. More than 262 million Americans are insured by health plans that recognize the BSCOE designation.

The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program was created to advance the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care and enables patients to identify specific providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term follow-up care.

About Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) provides quality, patient centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 750 highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment.

NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). Our high quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For a complete list of our services, please visit http://www.nwhc.net.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

The ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world. It is a nonprofit organization that works to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery and is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about bariatric surgery as an option for the treatment of morbid obesity, as well as the associated risks and benefits. It encourages its members to investigate and discover new advances in bariatric surgery, while maintaining a steady exchange of experiences and ideas that may lead to improved surgical outcomes for morbidly obese patients. For more information on the ASMBS, visit http://www.asmbs.org.

1.    NHLBI Guidelines on Overweight and Obesity: Electronic Textbook, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/e_txtbk/ratnl/22.htm


Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® is a registered trademark of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Used by permission of ASMBS. All rights reserved.

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