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Health

Do you want to hear staggering statistics? In the nearly four years since Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) introduced its Weight Control and Wellness Program, approximately 40 of the 111 people who had bariatric surgery lost a combined total of 3,605.7 pounds.

MVH Bariatric July 2019
MVH’s Weight Control and Wellness Program Scale

In addition, six months after their surgeries, 94 percent of the people no longer needed their diabetes medication; and, after one year, 100 percent of the people, who returned for their one-year follow-up appointments, were off of these medications.

“This is a wonderful program for the members of the community who are clinically classified as obese,” said Hiram Gonzalez, M.D., who is director of MVH’s Weight Control and Wellness Program. “Obesity can lead to Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke and arthritis; and, our patients are living proof that bariatric surgery or completion of our program can help people take control of their health.”

This spring, MVH’s Weight Control and Wellness Program was accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The two organizations combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). In order to receive this accreditation, MVH’s bariatric surgical program underwent a rigorous review process to prove that the Hospital could maintain certain physical resources, human resources and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

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