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New procedures broaden hospital’s obesity battle

The growing number of medical options available to patients looking to shed weight reflects the nation’s mounting obesity problem. A good example is taking shape at University of Colorado Hospital, where balloons are joining bypass as weapons in the battle.

Shelby Sullivan, MD, a specialist in endoscopic bariatric weight-loss procedures, recently joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology. Sullivan, who arrives from Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, will expand the choices available to patients looking to lose weight without gastric bypass and other surgical procedures already offered at UCH.

The aim is not to supplant surgery but rather to supplement it, said Dianna Webb, program director for the Digestive Health Center, which is the hospital’s home for endoscopic procedures. “We’re looking to combine forces, resources, knowledge and past experience to make both programs successful,” she said.

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