InsideTract Fall 2009
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At the Johns Hopkins Digestive Weight Loss Center, obesity medicine specialists help patients and physicians deal with a serious medical issue. "Obesity is a medical condition as devastating and debilitating as cancer or heart disease," says Mary Margaret Huizinga, director of the center.
Bariatric surgeons Thomas Magnuson and Michael Schweitzer discuss the evolution of bariatric surgery, address common myths about it and describe the patient eligibility requirements.
As research shows more and more links between obesity and disease, the clinicians behind the studies hope to bring their findings to the patient bedside.
Fatty Liver Disease
One of the single greatest risk factors for fatty liver disease is obesity. The condition is the most common cause of chronic liver disease and can progress to cirrhosis and liver failure.
Endoscopic options for obesity-related procedures continue to increase. "If we can achieve some weight loss via an endoscopic procedure, then our patient is a better candidate for bariatric surgery," says Patrick Okolo, chief of gastrointestinal endoscopy at Hopkins.
Mary Ann Ayd, managing editor