UW Surgeon Specializes in Bariatric Surgery After Liver Transplant
Weight loss or bariatric surgery is an established option for the treatment of severe obesity and, when performed in high -volume centers by expert surgeons, has proven to be safe. It provides for:
- Substantial and sustained weight loss in most individuals
- Significant improvements in quality-of-life
- Significant reduction or remission of most obesity-associated diseases and features of metabolic syndrome
- Increased longevity
More recently, weight loss surgery has been used as an adjunct to help severely obese patients who have end-stage organ failure and need to lose significant weight before transplant. But it also help patients who gained weight due to the multiple medications needed after transplant surgery.
For those reasons, the staffs of the transplant and bariatric surgery programs at UW Hospital and Clinics are working together to create better pathways for these patients. The new program, known as the UW Health Medical and Surgical Weight Management Program, includes both medical and surgical approaches to weight loss.
Staff will work with patients who are on the national wait list for an organ transplant, possibly referring them to the pre-surgery program of assessments and dieting, or to the nutritionists who have recently launched the Very Low Calorie Diet for patients who need to lose significant amounts of weight.
On the post-transplant side, bariatric surgeon Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS, FASMBS, has had success with a fairly rare procedure - laparoscopic weight loss surgery following a liver transplant. Dr. Campos estimates that there have been fewer than five of these surgeries in the United States.
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