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Release: Aug. 24, 2000

UI department of surgery to hold meeting for belt lipectomy patients

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The division of reconstructive and plastic surgery in the department of surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will host a meeting regarding lipectomy procedures from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 in the Clasen Board Room on the first floor of the John Colloton Pavilion.

The meeting is open to any patient who has received a belt lipectomy or any person interested in this body contouring surgery. Belt lipectomies are reserved for people who have lost a significant amount of weight through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise or following bariatric therapy. Patients who have lost a large amount of weight can have excess tissue in their arms, legs, abdomen and hips. A belt lipectomy can help them regain a more desirable body shape.

"This meeting will provide us as caregivers an opportunity to learn more from our patients," said Al Aly, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. "By sharing their experiences, we will discover what we can do to enhance the process for other patients in the future."

Nine people who have received a belt lipectomy at UI Hospitals and Clinics are planning to attend the meeting. Aly says the patients have completed a survey about their experiences and will hear the survey results at the meeting. The attendees will also discuss the formation of a support group that will enable future patients to contact people who have already received the surgery for information about the procedure.

To locate the meeting, proceed east down the hallway next to Elevator "G" on the first level of the John Colloton Pavilion. For additional information about the meeting, contact Aly at (319) 356-1842.

 

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