NEW OPTIONS IN BARIATRIC
AND METABOLIC SURGERY
With highly skilled physicians and state-of-the-art
surgical techniques, Valley Health delivers superior care
for weight loss, hernias and other common conditions
With two new, fellowship-trained surgeons and exciting new bariatric and
metabolic procedures, Valley Health offers the region's widest range of
options for weight loss, abdominal hernia repair and chronic heartburn
relief. The benefits? Care that's more personalized than ever. New choices
in minimally invasive robotic and incision-free endoscopic surgery. Short
recovery times and outpatient procedures in some cases. And as always, a
commitment to your total well-being.
"When I see patients six months or a year after a bariatric procedure,
they're excited about losing excess weight and improving or even resolving
chronic health conditions associated with obesity such as type 2 diabetes,
high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and joint pain," says Christopher
Reed, MD, who recently joined the medical staff of Valley Health's Metabolic
and Bariatric Program after a fellowship in advanced gastrointestinal
and minimally invasive surgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
"Often, they're even more excited that they feel so energetic. They can
chase their kids around in the backyard, go for walks with their spouse, do
the things they used to do before obesity made it difficult or too stressful."
For Salaam Sadi, MD, who joined the program after completing a fellowship
in minimally invasive robotic bariatric and advanced gastrointestinal
surgery at Albany Medical Center in New York, a passion for bariatric
surgery comes from "helping obese and morbidly obese
people get the good care and respect they deserve." Often,
Dr. Sadi notes, people with obesity spend decades dieting
and exercising, only to gain more weight and develop
chronic health problems. "Obesity is a disease," he says.
"It's not a personal failing. At a certain point, diet and
exercise alone don't work. That's when bariatric and
metabolic surgery can be the tool you need for weight loss
and better health."
Now, the region's most comprehensive bariatric and
metabolic program is adding new and advanced options:
• 100% robotic, minimally invasive procedures.
All minimally invasive bariatric surgical proceduresincluding
gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal
switch, and bariatric revision surgeries-will
be performed using Winchester Medical Center's
state-of-the-art da Vinci® Xi'" Surgical System. Robotic
surgery allows the surgeons to perform more precise,
fine-scale movements than conventional, minimally
invasive techniques. This means smaller incisions, less
pain and shorter hospital stays.
• Endoscopic bariatrics-weight-loss surgery with
no incisions. Endoscopic procedures are performed
by sending a thin, flexible tube equipped with light,
a camera and surgical tools into the body through
a patient's mouth. Surgeons work from within the
digestive system for bariatric procedures that include
(( Obesity is a disease. It's not a personal failing. At a certain point, diet and exercise alone
don't work. That's when bariatric and metabolic surgery can be the tool you need for
weight loss and better health.'' -SALAAM sA01, MD