PHCS News

Weight-Loss Surgery Specialist to Discuss Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sep 5, 2013

Wai-Yip Chau, MD, a board certified surgeon specializing in weight-loss procedures, will detail the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy during a live Web chat hosted by Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) on Monday, September 9.

Dr. Chau, a member of the PHCS Medical Staff, will take questions from audience members during the chat, which will begin at 12 noon.

To participate in the free event, visit PHCS' USTREAM channel, ustream.tv/princetonhealth, on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click here for a tutorial on how to participate in USTREAM chats.

Sleeve gastrectomy—a surgical procedure that reduces the volume of a person's stomach, typically resulting in significant weight loss and improved health—is among a wide array of treatments provided at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) Center for Bariatric Surgery, which has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

Bariatric surgery is a successful clinical treatment for fighting morbid obesity and overcoming the damaging health effects of being overweight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea and infertility.

Dr. Chau is fellowship-trained in bariatric surgery and has performed approximately 1,000 procedures. Dr. Chau and UMCPP's Center for Bariatric Surgery offer patients several insurance options, including commercial plans such as Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, Oxford and United Healthcare.

Older adults who are obese and meet additional criteria may now qualify for Medicare coverage of sleeve gastrectomy as well.

To register for the Web chat, please call 1-888-897-8979 or visit www.princetonhcs.org/calendar. Registration is not required, but those who register will be eligible to win a drawing for one of several gift cards to be awarded following the Web chat.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org