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September 11, 2012

New Surgeons, Robot Technology Enhance St. Francis Bariatric Program

Franciscan Health System has refined its successful bariatric surgery program in order to enhance the experience of patients who undergo life-changing weight-loss procedures at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way.

  • Haroon P. Anwar, MD, and Troy Houseworth, MD, FACS, who specialize in bariatric surgery, recently joined the medical staff.

  • Robotic-assisted weight loss procedures are available at St. Francis starting this month. Patients who undergo minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery generally have shorter post-procedure hospital stays and better clinical results.

  • Surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs have been combined into the Franciscan Center for Weight Management at the St. Francis Medical Office Building on the hospital campus. The surgeons’ offices are also in the building, ensuring that essential patient services are in the same convenient place.

"The Franciscan Center for Weight Management provides comprehensive weight loss solutions dependent upon our patients’ personal preferences and their doctors’ recommendations," said St. Francis Hospital President Tony McLean. "Appropriate and effective, patient-centered care is our No. 1 priority.

"The changes in our program reflect our commitment to quality outcomes and patient satisfaction," he added. "With our surgical and medical weight loss services now available in comfortable suites at the same place on our campus, we can ensure that our patients have access to the right care at the right time, in the right place, and by the right provider."

Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment option for adults who are obese or dangerously overweight, meaning their body weight is significantly greater than what is generally considered healthy for their height. Obese and overweight individuals have a heightened risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health issues.

Approximately 3,100 weight loss surgeries have been performed at St. Francis Hospital since 2005. The bariatric program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and is designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Anwar and Dr. Houseworth to our team," said Richard Gould, MD, FACS, surgical services division chief for the Franciscan Medical Group. "They are highly skilled surgeons who are committed to excellence and always put their patients first."

Dr. Anwar has completed fellowships in surgical critical care, as well as laparoscopic and gastrointestinal surgical procedures. He is a former clinical instructor for surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of California-San Francisco. Prior to joining Franciscan, he developed the bariatric surgery program at the Palo Alto (Calif.) Medical Clinic.

Dr. Houseworth, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), is experienced in laparoscopic, gastrointestinal and robotic-assisted bariatric surgical techniques. He is the former chief of general surgery for the U.S. Army and he developed the bariatric surgery program at Keller Hospital in West Point, NY.

Bariatric procedures offered at St. Francis Hospital include the roux-en-y gastric bypass; sleeve gastrectomy; adjustable gastric band; and revisions. The medical (non-surgical) weight loss services include nutrition programs, professional counseling, support groups, and free seminars.

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