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Expert Guidance Available on Surgical Weight Loss Options

January 20, 2009

December 22, 2008 – For Immediate Release

Middletown, NY- For people struggling with obesity, Orange Regional Medical Center will begin holding free, informative weight loss seminars and support group meetings the first Tuesday of every month at Orange Regional’s Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Presented by members of the hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Program, the weight loss seminars will discuss two minimally-invasive surgical weight loss options, Gastric Bypass and Lap-Band Surgery. The support group, facilitated by Orange Regional’s Bariatric Surgical Services Coordinator Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E, provides support for pre and post-surgery bariatric patients, as well as presentations by plastic surgeons, certified fitness instructors, nutritionists, and more. The 2009 schedule launches on Tuesday, January 6 with the weight loss seminar running from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and the bariatric support group from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Members of the community may register for any of the 2009 seminars by calling the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). The bariatric support group does not require registration.

Orange Regional’s Bariatric Surgery Program
Orange Regional’s Bariatric Surgical Unit is located at the Arden Hill Campus in Goshen and provides private, spacious and beautifully decorated rooms with knowledgeable and skilled staff assisting pre and post-surgery patients.

Wayne M. Weiss, M.D., of Tri-State Bariatrics, has over 20 years of surgical experience and has been performing laparoscopic gastric bypass and lap-band surgery for over seven years with an established record of excellence. Dr. Weiss was educated at NYU Medical Center and is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Janet Kovler is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian and an American Heart Association Certified Cardiovascular Counselor. She brings over twenty years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Orange Regional’s Bariatric Surgery Program.

Gastric Bypass surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that restricts food intake by creating a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach by stapling it together. The surgeon then attaches part of the small intestine to the new pouch effectively “by-passing” the part of the stomach that has been sealed off. This causes the patient to feel full quicker and eat less while the body absorbs fewer calories leading to weight loss.

Lap-Band surgery is another minimally invasive procedure that involves placing an inflatable and adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach, producing a small pouch. The band creates a small opening that allows limited food to pass through each section, resulting in controlled food intake. This causes the patient to feel full while eating less and reducing calorie intake which assists in weight loss.

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