A Closer Look: Dr. Ramsey Dallal on Weight Loss Surgery

Posted by Brian Berkenstock on Mar 6, 2017 1:38:35 PM

Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, changes more than just the contours of the body. It gives people hope.

“Patients can play with their kids or grandkids,” says Ramsey Dallal, MD, one of Einstein’s most experienced bariatric surgeons. “They can function without pain and not feel ostracized. I hear about people crying at the mall because they can finally shop for regular clothes. There is not one aspect of their lives that is not altered dramatically by this surgery.”

What is Obesity?

More than 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means a body mass index (BMI)—a ratio of weight to height—of 30 or higher. Obesity contributes to many health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Obesity can also put stress on joints.

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Is Weight Loss Surgery Possible if You Have Heart Disease?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 16, 2017 5:55:23 PM

If you struggle with obesity and heart disease, you may think weight loss surgery is out of reach. But the truth is, many people with heart disease are good candidates for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

“People with heart disease can absolutely be candidates for weight loss surgery,” says Renee Tholey, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Tholey specializes in minimally-invasive surgery and robotics. “We will ask you to see your cardiologist—or we can set you up with one here at Einstein—prior to surgery. You may need an ultrasound of your heart or further workup to ensure your heart is in the best condition it can be.”  

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Controlling or Curing Diabetes With Gastric Surgery: An Einstein Surgeon Comments

Posted by Jill Porter on May 26, 2016 11:04:41 AM

Ramsey_Dallal_Wes_Hilton_photo_x_535-1.jpgDr. Ramsey Dallal has known for decades, as have other bariatric surgeons, that gastric bypass surgery can help patients control or cure their diabetes. Finally, this week, the world’s leading experts on diabetes acknowledged as much—a fact that may change the perception of gastric surgery as a last-ditch treatment for patients who may be too debilitated by then to benefit.

(Ramsey Dallal, MD, above, at right)

An international group of 45 diabetes specialists, researchers and organizations issued a game-changing guideline this week that diabetes patients be offered gastric surgery as a standard treatment option. It was noted as the most dramatic shift in diabetes treatment since the emergence of insulin.

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