Capital Health Metabolic and Weight Loss Center, located at Capital Health Medical Center — Hopewell, offers a comprehensive approach to losing weight. Their highly experienced team, led by Dr. Joanne Chung, considers every aspect of your health, including your medical, behavioral, and nutritional issues related to obesity, while working with you to determine the best course of action for you.

Dr. Chung is a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders, with a special focus on minimally invasive procedures. She has performed hundreds of weight loss surgeries.

Dr. Chung offers three types of weight loss surgeries: adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass.

With adjustable gastric band, a silicone band is placed around the upper stomach, separating the stomach into one large and one small portion, which holds about an ounce of food. The procedure does not use staples. The band can be adjusted and also removed to reverse the surgery. It does not change digestion.

During sleeve gastrectomy surgery a large portion of the stomach is removed, reducing it to about 25 percent of its original size. The result is a tube-like structure.

Gastric bypass surgery alters the process of digestion. In this surgery, a small pouch is separated from the rest of the stomach and attached directly to the small intestines.

Dr. Chung is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery, and a published author of several peer-reviewed papers.

The program at Capital Health in Hopewell is unique in its comprehensive, integrated approach that continues annually with follow-up sessions. At these appointments you will have X-rays and blood tests as needed.

Our support groups can be a great source of strength and inspiration to help address the issues of obesity in your life. As a result of these follow-up sessions patients have more lasting benefits.

The best way to learn more about the program is to attend one of the regular information sessions held every other Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell. Call 609-537-6777 or visit www.capitalhealth.org/weightloss to learn more about their program. At these sessions Dr. Chung will address each type of surgery and what you can expect from each procedure. The sessions are free to attend. Advanced registration is requested, but walk-ins are allowed.

Dr. Joanne Chung, Capital Health Metabolic and Weight Loss Center, Capital Health Medical Center, Hopewell. 609-537-6777 or www.capitalhealth.org/weightloss.

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