SZMC Joins the War Against Obesity

A recent OECD report showed that more than half of Israelis are overweight and one in three children in Israel are overweight. Obesity increases one’s risk of having high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, stroke, depression, liver disease and more.

Shaare Zedek Medical Center is happy to announce the opening of a new Obesity Treatment Center run by Dr.Mahamid Mahmud the Director of our Hepatobiliary and Metabolic Diseases Unit and Dr. Dan Livovsky, a Senior Physician in our Digestive Diseases Institute headed by Prof. Eran Goldin

The center offers a new treatment that is unique for losing weight that is performed endoscopically- reducing one’s gastric volume by sewing part of the stomach. Other methods for stomach reduction that are widely available are more complicated, require a longer recuperation period and have unpleasant side effects. This approach has also shown good results in other places around the world.

Dr. Mahamid Mahmud and Dr. Dan Livovsky have already performed several of these procedures under the guidance of Dr. Gontrand Lopez-Nava, one of the most experienced specialists in Europe and probably in the world, in endoscopic technologies for obesity from Madrid, Spain.

The center offers assistance and guidance with regard to different treatments that are available, bariatric surgery as well as endoscopic surgery, new medications, nutrition, exercise programs, sports,…and will continue to support and assist patients following the treatments as well.

Prof. Goldin said, “Opening the Center for Obesity Treatment is very significant for the residents of Jerusalem who will now be able to receive comprehensive and long-term treatment for obesity and its associated diseases. There are different characteristics and levels of obesity. Therefore, a personalized plan is required for each patient: diet, exercise, drug therapy, and/or surgical intervention. The tailored and multidisciplinary approach that we are offering increases the chances of success of the medical treatment and the potential to improve the health of these patients. We are pleased to join other hospitals around the world on the front line, joining the war against the obesity epidemic.”

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