The Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital is among the first in the state to achieve the new Obesity Medicine Qualification Accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
The nationwide quality improvement program for the treatment of metabolic and bariatric patients recognizes centers that offer an integrated approach to weight loss.
Delnor Hospital’s bariatric surgery program earned MBSAQIP Comprehensive Center Accreditation in 2017. The new Obesity Medicine Qualification Accreditation option, provides an additional designation level for facilities that offer non-surgical treatment for patients who are overweight or obese. Centers with this designation employ nutritional interventions, physical activity, behavioral change, and pharmacotherapy to treat patients.
“This accreditation is validation of the multi-disciplinary approach our Center was founded on,” said Matthew R. Pittman, MD, medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital. “Successfully maintaining weight loss can’t be done simply with a surgery or a pill. Obesity is a chronic disease process that requires a highly individualized program to help patients make a life-long commitment to a healthy diet and routine exercise.”
Northwestern Medicine’s non-surgical options include a meal replacement program that transitions to patients shopping and cooking healthy foods on their own; and a medical weight management program that combines weight loss medication, education, behavior modification, ongoing motivation and routine follow-up.
Additional sessions with a psychologist and exercise specialist are also incorporated as needed. Northwestern Medicine’s surgical options include gastric bypass, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy.
“Our program begins with a thorough assessment by a board-certified physician and a registered dietitian to determine any underlying factors contributing to weight gain or an inability to lose weight,” said Elizabeth Lowden, MD, medical director of medical weight management at the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital. “Patients learn all the options and we discuss recommendations based on history, health condition, goals and BMI to assist the patient in determining what route is best for him or her.”
After a diagnosis of lupus, Samantha Evans, of Oswego, was determined to lose weight to ease pain in her joints. However, surgery wasn’t the right option for her. Through the medical weight management program, Evans lost 70 pounds in a year and has maintained her weight loss for over 18 months. In addition to relieving joint pain, Evans says she also has fewer headaches and no longer requires daily medication for stomach pain.
“When you have extra weight, your self-esteem is down. You feel ashamed and embarrassed to go see a doctor. Dr. Lowden and the staff at the center were so supportive and non-judgmental,” said Evans. “I continue to reach out Dr. Lowden quite often when I feel stuck to get reassurance and help keep me on the right path.”
Obesity poses multiple health risks. Defined as a Body Mass Index of 30 or more, it can lead to chronic disability, poor quality of life and even premature death. Obesity is also associated with severe medical conditions such as degenerative joint disease, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, stroke, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and even certain cancers.
The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) is a collaboration between The American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. MBSAQIP-Accredited centers demonstrate an uncompromising pursuit of quality that has earned the confidence, respect and trust of patients making a commitment to healthier living.
To learn more about the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital, please visit https://westweightloss.nm.org/.
Photo Caption: Elizabeth Lowden, MD, bariatric endocrinologist, confers with Matthew Pittman, MD, bariatric surgeon at the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor Hospital.
SOURCE: Northwestern Medicine news release