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Nanticoke Weight Loss Earns National Accreditation from MBSAQIP

Seaford, Delaware: Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally-accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in Sussex County, Delaware.

Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery is pleased to announce that its bariatric program has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center’s structure, process, and clinical outcomes data. Centers are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides, and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity.* Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

To learn more about services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 302-536-5395.

*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.
About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.
About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

Nanticoke Weight Loss Receives Center of Excellence Award for Non-Surgical Program

Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery has received the Center of Excellence award from Robard Corporation for its New Direction medical (non-surgical) weight loss program. To achieve this designation, a New Direction program must have written patient management plans and protocols in place that follow the Standard Recommended Guidelines for the Robard New Direction Weight Management Program – the same standards that recognized by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and Obesity Medicine Association (OMA).

Nanticoke Health Services recognizes the importance of offering our community a physician-supervised weight loss program that provides treatment in a clinical setting with licensed healthcare professionals including board-certified physicians and a registered dietitian. Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery offers services including medical evaluation, nutrition education, pharmacotherapy, physical activity and behavioral therapy, as well as bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

The medical weight loss program at Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery is led by Dr. Sandra Palavecino, a Board Certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Palavecino helps with the diagnosis and staging of the disease and develops an individualized program to achieve each patient’s weight loss goal.

As part of the individualized program, patients will have the possibility of supervised, low carbohydrate, low calorie diets based on protein supplements by New Direction which may promote more rapid weight loss. Patients will also receive several tools and education to help create and maintain positive lifestyle changes and behaviors that promote a fat-burning diet and maintain a lean body mass and healthy weight. These steps are key to improve health complications associated with obesity such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

“Working with New Direction products has been a great addition to our program,” notes Dr. Palavecino. “Patients enjoy the variety of flavors and how easy they are to use. This program is designed to achieve more rapid weight loss with meals that are easy to plan and make while our team educates patients on continuing the complete nutrition program.”

For more information about this program or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 302-536-5395.

Nanticoke Now Offering Medical Weight Loss Program

The growing number of adults and children with obesity has become a public health priority in the United States. Obesity is a chronic disease that goes beyond eating too many calories and lack of physical activity. Obesity is described as an imbalance in the signals for energy storage in fat tissues in our bodies, the excess of which causes chronic health complications such as diabetes, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis and heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and even cancer.

The most common methods to measure obesity are Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference. Although there is no perfect method to measuring obesity, clinicians frequently use these two indicators as a tool to diagnose weight-related issues. With a BMI over 30 kg/m2, the chances of developing complications increase exponentially. On the other hand, decreasing one’s BMI and weight may reduce the chances of developing diabetes by 30% or more.

Treatment options for obesity vary from person to person. Our providers strive to offer the best individualized solution for each patient, including medical and surgical management of obesity. It is important for providers to address the issue early in patients that are considered overweight (BMI over 25 kg/m2 but below 30 kg/m2) in order to delay complications, prevent obesity and kick-start their journey to a healthy weight. For patients, it is important to talk to your physician about your weight and develop an intervention plan.

Medical Weight Loss at Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery

Nanticoke Health Services recognizes the importance of offering our community a physician-supervised weight loss program that provides treatment in a clinical setting with licensed healthcare professionals including board-certified physicians and a registered dietitian. Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery offers services including medical evaluation, nutrition education, pharmacotherapy, physical activity and behavioral therapy, as well as bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

The medical weight loss program at Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery is led by Dr. Palavecino, a Board Certified Internist and Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Palavecino helps with the diagnosis and staging of the disease and develops an individualized program to achieve each patient’s weight loss goal.

As part of the individualized program, patients will have the possibility of supervised, low-calorie diets based on protein supplements by New Direction which may promote more rapid weight loss. Patients will also receive several tools and education to help create and maintain positive lifestyle changes and behaviors that promote a fat-burning diet and maintain a lean body mass and healthy weight. These steps are key to improve health complications associated with obesity such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.

For more information about the programs and services offered by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Palavecino, call 302-536-5395 or visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org.