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The Queen's Medical Center will develop a world-class minimally invasive surgery program. A part of the program was the March 1, 2004 launching of a Comprehensive Weight Management Program which offers the latest in gastric bypass surgery to qualifying individuals who are morbidly obese and unable to lose weight by non-surgical means.

Called "comprehensive" because it involves more than surgery, the program uses a multi-disciplinary approach, including evaluation by experienced physicians specializing in weight management and dietitians who understand the importance of balanced nutrition during weight loss. Additionally, psychological and emotional support will be provided during the process. Nutrition classes and educational sessions will help patients understand how to live a healthier life. Kenric Murayama, MD, has assumed the position of medical director of both QMC's Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery and of the Comprehensive Weight Management Program. He is also Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair for Clinical and Hospital Affairs and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Murayama is formerly of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, where he was director of the Northwestern Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Technology, Associate Professor of Surgery and Assistant Program Director for the Residency in General Surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery may be the only alternative for those who have lost control of their lives because of obesity. Medical conditions commonly associated with obesity include Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, sleep apnea and emotional and psychological problems. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, with an estimated 280,000 deaths per year. Deaths from colon and breast cancer combined cause only about one-third of this amount.

Gastric bypass surgery literally bypasses the stomach by creating a small pouch for consumed food, which is connected directly to the small intestine (see illustration). After surgery, the person is no longer physically able to consume large quantities of food or sweets, and instead eats six small meals a day. It is emphasized, however, that the procedure must be coupled with an intense effort by the patient to follow a modified lifestyle.

For detailed information, visit The Queen's Medical Center Comprehensive Weight Management Program page under "Departments and Services" on this website, or call 808.537.7546.

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