Dr. Gregory Dalencourt’s Work Is Published in ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Textbook

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Dr. Dalencourt of William A. Graber, MD, PC has co-authored a chapter entitled "Medical Preparation for Bariatric Surgery" in a new book titled "The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery: Volume 2: Integrated Health."

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My colleague Dr. Benotti and I are very pleased to contribute to this publication which will help inform students, doctors, and surgeons on preparation for the surgery.

A new book on weight loss surgery, entitled "The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery: Volume 2: Integrated Health" published by Springer-Verlag, will feature a chapter by Dr. Gregory Dalencourt of William A. Graber, MD, PC. The chapter is titled "Medical Preparation for Bariatric Surgery" and was co-written with Dr. Peter N. Benotti of the Obesity Institute and Geisinger Medical Center.

Bariatric surgery is a type of gastrointestinal surgery performed on obese patients that causes weight loss by either restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of some nutrients, or by both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Weight loss surgery also often causes hormonal changes. It is one of the safest, most viable options for patients in need of weight loss. Dr. Dalencourt's chapter acknowledges that since its inception in 1991, bariatric surgery has improved greatly in terms of safety and cost effectiveness for those with extreme obesity. Still, limited patient access to the treatment due to financial and other limitations persists. Dr. Dalencourt explains that the “new era of bariatric surgery” means that a new challenge has arisen in the field. He calls for improvements in the selection of patients dependent on more advanced risk assessment, as mortalities and other serious complications still occur.

"My colleague Dr. Benotti and I are very pleased to contribute to this publication which will help inform students, doctors, and surgeons on preparation for the surgery that will ultimately save lives and improve quality of life for patients around the world," says Dr. Dalencourt.

The book itself covers all aspects of preparing patients for bariatric surgery, including different stages of medical and behavioral evaluation, informed consent, risk assessment, and specifics such as anesthesia considerations. Dr. Dalencourt notes in his chapter that patients are often being self-referred for weight loss surgery, as primary care physicians have largely expressed frustration with the current state of obesity care (i.e. poor reimbursement, ineffective results, etc). This makes direct patient education by a bariatric surgery team paramount.

For more information about weight loss surgery in Syracuse and New Hartford, NY, Gregory Dalencourt, MD, invites prospective patients to visit http://www.drgrabermd.com or contact the office directly at 315-777-4740 or 104 Union Ave Ste 809, Syracuse, NY 13203.

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