New Bariatric Surgery Inpatient Unit Is Opened — Specially Tailored for Patients

Submitted by Stony Brook Surgery on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 07:08

<strong><em><font color="#990000">Dedicated Unit Enhances Resources Available to Bariatric Patients & Helps to Speed Recovery Time</font></em></strong>

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<p>Bariatric surgery patients have special needs in order to have a good experience during their hospital stay and also to achieve the best possible outcomes after their surgery.
That's why the Stony Brook <a href="; target="_blank">Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center</a> just opened a dedicated patient unit located on University Hospital's ninth floor designed to accommodate the unique needs of bariatric surgery patients.</p>

<p>As it nears its first anniversary, our bariatric center currently has 400 patients enrolled. The new unit was created to support the rapidly growing weight-loss program. </p>

<p>According to <a href="/surgery/people/faculty/dr-aurora-d-pryor" target="_blank">Aurora D. Pryor, MD</a>, professor of surgery and chief of general surgery, and director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center, the bariatric unit is an added and important resource to her team of bariatric surgeons who perform advanced, minimally invasive weight loss surgery.</p>

<p>The new private bariatric inpatient rooms are furnished with special beds and chairs for the comfort of larger patients. These spacious accommodations are designed to provide patients with more room to get up and start walking, allowing for a quicker recovery time.</p>

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The new bariatric unit reflects our commitment to helping bariatric surgery patients feel comfortable, recover faster, experience a smoother stay, and receive the highest quality care.

<p>Glass-tiled bathrooms are spa-like in design and equipped with larger showers and high-quality, safety-conscious grab bars and fixtures. The rooms also have lift systems and air-inflated hover mats for safe and easy transfer to a bed or stretcher.</p>

<p>"Patients are excited by our comprehensive medical and surgical programs within our center and the array of procedures we can do laparoscopically," says Dr. Pryor. The new unit reflects Stony Brook's commitment to helping bariatric surgery patients feel comfortable, recover faster, experience a smoother stay, and receive the highest quality care."</p>

<div class="subhead">Patient Success Story</div>

<p>Gastric bypass patient Kathleen Johnson is a typical example. Johnson, age 46, is a critical care emergency medical technician and Port Jefferson's volunteer ambulance chief. She had her first weight loss surgery 12 years ago at another facility when she was 365 pounds. Multiple complications, severe infections, additional open surgeries, and lengthy hospitalizations over the next decade left her in chronic pain and struggling with obesity again, when she was referred to Dr. Pryor.</p>

<p>"Because of all the problems I had with my weight loss surgery before, I developed a great deal of internal scar tissue that was causing severe pain," Johnson says.</p>

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<p><strong>Kathleen Johnson once weighed 365 pounds and now, following her surgery here at Stony Brook in February after problems with surgery done elsewhere, she feels great and is just 14 pounds from her goal weight.</strong></p>

<p>"Equally important," she adds, "I needed help with my weight. In all honesty, I thought I was going to have to have another large, open surgery. I didn't believe Dr. Pryor could remove the scar tissue as well re-do my gastric bypass using just a laparoscope and a couple of tiny incisions. Not only did she do so successfully, but soon afterward I was pain-free for the first time in years."</p>

<p>Johnson, whose surgery at Stony Brook was performed on Feb. 7, is now just 14 pounds from her goal weight. She is working and volunteering 60 to 80 hours a week, and in her spare time, walking her neighborhood in Mount Sinai, NY, camping with her friends and enjoying time with her extended family. "I credit the programs and people at Stony Brook," she says.</p>

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<img src="/sdmpubfiles/drs_pryor_and_telem.jpg" width="180" height="141" alt="Our Bariatric Surgeons, Drs. Aurora D. Pryor (left) and Dana A. Telem" title="Our Bariatric Surgeons, Drs. Aurora D. Pryor (left) and Dana A. Telem" />
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Our bariatric surgeons Dr. Aurora D. <br />Pryor (left) and Dr. Dana A. Telem</div>

<p>Another addition to the program will occur on Aug. 1, when bariatric surgeon <a href="/surgery/people/faculty/dr-dana-a-telem" target="_blank">Dana A. Telem, MD</a>, joins our faculty.</p>

<p>Dr. Telem will enhance the bariatric center's multidisciplinary team that includes anesthesiologists, diabetes specialists and endocrinologists, dietitians and nutritionists, gastrointestinal specialists, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, physician assistants, plastic surgeons, program coordinators, psychologists, and sleep specialists.</p>

<p>Learn more about our Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center by watching an <a href="; target="_blank">
online webinar</a>. </p>

<p>Or join the program's physicians and staff at a free community seminar held regularly. Call HealthConnect at 631-444-4000 to register.</p>

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target="_blank">Click here</a> to see photos of the new private bariatric inpatient rooms and staff. For more information about the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center, call Catherine Tuppo, program coordinator, at 631-444-BARI (2274). </strong></span></p>