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Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Designation Given to Montefiore by the American College of Surgeons
Date:3/11/2008

ur patients are taught about the dietary and behavioral changes that are necessary in order for them to achieve a lifetime of success after surgery. In addition, support groups are always available for patients to learn and engage medical professionals in the field of weight loss surgery," Dr. Gibbs said.

Combined with an extensive medical staff, the Montefiore program employs a full time dietician and psychologist who do pre- and post-operative counseling with surgery patients. Specially designed equipment for the morbidly obese is also located throughout the medical center for use by bariatric patients.

In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 72,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Medicare coverage of bariatric procedures is only given to surgical programs certified by the College of Surgeons or the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, encompasses 125 years of innovative medical "firsts," medical excellence, pioneering clinical research, dedicated community service and ground-breaking social activism.

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