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Department of bariatric and metabolic surgery

Dr. med. Sylvia Weiner
general surgery, bariatric surgery, emergency medicine

About the department

The bariatric and metabolic surgery department at Nordwest Hospital Frankfurt am Main offers a comprehensive treatment concept for the prevention and treatment of obesity. The department is a leader in bariatric surgery in Frankfurt and the surrounding area and is certified by the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery for high-quality treatment and outstanding experience. At an individual consultation, doctors interview the patient, conduct a physical examination, determine the causes of obesity, and prescribe diagnostic tests. After a thorough diagnosis, a team of doctors, which consists of therapists, surgeons, nutritionists, psychologists and physiotherapists, selects a tailored treatment therapy. For patients who wish to lose extra pounds on an outpatient basis, the department offers the OPTIFAST®52 method. Doctors prescribe a special diet and select the necessary complex of physical activity. During the entire treatment period, the patient is under the supervision of experienced doctors who, if necessary, make adjustments to any aspects of the program.

The department's medical team offers surgical treatment only if diet, drug therapy, exercise and diet therapy, and psychological support do not bring long-term success. The department has been successfully performing operations to treat obesity since 1970. Surgeons use endoscopic procedures as well as metabolic and reflux surgery procedures. In addition, doctors specialize in gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass, gastric banding and intragastric balloon placement. The department's primary goal is patients who are satisfied with their appearance.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Causes of the obesity: 

  • Metabolic syndrome 
  • Genetic predispisition 
  • Engineered junk foods 
  • Food addiction 
  • Leptin resistance 
  • Autoimmune diseases 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Insulin resistance 
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome 
  • Cushing's syndrome 
  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • Lack of exercise 
  • Pregnancy 

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis (history of the disease)
  • Physical examination 
  • Body mass index 
  • Biochemical tests 
  • Lipid profile (to find abnormalities in lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides)
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Gastroscopy (to check inside the throat, food pipe (oesophagus) and stomach)
  • Hormone panel (leptin and insulin, sex hormones and growth hormone)
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 

Treatment: 

  • Dietary recommendations 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Lifestyle modification 
  • Drug therapy 
  • Psychological counselling 
  • Optifast52 program 
  • Intragastric balloon placement 
  • Primary obesity surgery endoluminal 
  • Overstitch procedure 
  • Gastric bypass surgery 
  • Sleeve gastrectomy 
  • SADI-S bariatric procedure 
  • Revision bariatric interventions 
  • Abdominoplasty 
  • Other treatment services 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1998-2004 Studied Medicine at the University of Wurzburg
  • 2004-2005 Professional highly-specialized training at the Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • bariatric internship with Dr. Paul O’Brien, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2003 Completed a minimally invasive surgery fellow with Dr. Michel Gagner at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
  • 2009 Doctoral thesis defence at the Witten-Herdecke University
  • Specialization in emergency medicine
  • 2014 Completed residence training

Experience

  • 2001 Head of the Department in Krankenhaus Sachsenhausen
  • 2005 Admission to medical practice, University of Giessen
  • Head of the German Bariatric Center
  • 2014 Doctor at the Department of General Surgery at the Municipal Hospital in Bad Soden
  • 2014-2015 Doctor at the Department of General Surgery, Sachsenhausen Hospital, Frankfurt
  • 2015 Doctor at the Department of General Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main
  • 2018 Head of the Department of Obesity Treatment and Bariatric Surgery at the Hospital Nordwest Frankfurt am Main
  • 2019 Head of the Department for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholarship
  • 2014 Scholarship of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders 
  • Member of the German Society of Surgery
  • Member of the German Society for General and Visceral Surgery 
  • Member of the German Obesity Society 
  • Member of the Professional Association of German Surgeons
  • Member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders 
  • Author of more than 120 lectures and presentations at scientific congresses and conferences
  • Author of 4 publications in various medical journals
  • Author of 25 articles in German journals
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