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Laparoscopic technique added to obesity surgery offerings at HCMC
One of the first fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in the United States is joining the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Obesity Program.
Howard Lederer, MD, adds the minimally invasive (laparoscopic) bariatric surgery procedure to the list of procedures and techniques now offered to patients at HCMC. He joins the team of outstanding surgeons, internal medicine physicians, clinical psychologists, registered dietitians, and dedicated Obesity Program nurses who provide comprehensive care as part of the hospital’s Obesity Program.
“This is one of the top bariatric programs because it brings together so many specialists who are trained to take care of the special needs of people who have surgery,” said Lederer. “I’m very pleased that we will now offer the minimally invasive surgery as well.”
Lederer, who completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery at the University of Minnesota, also specializes in complex and revisional bariatric surgical procedures.
HCMC’s Obesity Program is a HealthPartners Center of Excellence, and is recognized for its comprehensive care to meet the needs of people with severe obesity. The open and laparoscopic surgical approaches performed at HCMC include the duodenal switch, lap band, and Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass procedures. Patients who have bypass operations generally lose two-thirds of their excess weight within two years.
“We are excited that by adding Dr Lederer, with his extensive expertise in obesity surgery, we will be able to offer patients with severe obesity a broader range of surgical treatments for obesity in a much more timely fashion than has been possible up till now,” said Guilford G Hartley, MD, medical director of the Obesity Program at HCMC. “We expect the length of time from a patient's first call to inquire about surgery for obesity until they are actually able to have the surgery should decrease from months to weeks."
HCMC is a public acute care, research, and teaching hospital repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals. HCMC offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services. The physicians at HCMC are members of Hennepin Faculty Associates.