Regional Hospital of Scranton Announces Bariatric Surgical Procedures and welcomes Bariatric Surgeon Gary Neale, M.D.
Gary Neale, M.D., a bariatric surgeon from Surgical Specialists of Wyoming Valley has joined the medical staff of Regional Hospital of Scranton and has begun performing bariatric surgery.
In December 2012, Dr. Neale successfully performed Regional’s first sleeve gastrectomy procedure, one of the most frequently performed operations for morbid obesity in the United States.
Sleeve gastrectomy involves the surgical removal of the left side of the stomach, resulting in a smaller stomach, about the size and shape of a narrow banana. Gastric sleeve surgery helps limit eating by reducing the overall size of the stomach and helps control hunger by removing the part of the stomach that produces the hunger-stimulating hormones.
Dr. Neale earned his medical degree from Leicester Medical School, Leicester, England, and performed his surgical residency at Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia. He then completed a fellowship in minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery at Alta Bates Medical Center, Oakland, Calif. Dr. Neale most recently performed general and bariatric surgeries in a private surgical practice in Utica, N.Y.
Regional Hospital of Scranton’s bariatric surgery program also features minimally invasive gastric banding procedures, in which an adjustable band sections off and restricts a portion of the stomach—limiting the amount of food that an individual can consume.
“For many patients struggling with morbid obesity, weight-loss surgery offers a chance to reclaim their good health,” says Dr. Neale. “This is a life-changing procedure that will improve the lives of many people.”
“The leadership team and medical staff of Regional Hospital of Scranton works hard to provide quality care at the forefront of medicine,” says Chief Operating Officer Cindy Segar-Miller. “The Scranton-area community will benefit immensely with the addition of Dr. Neale to our staff.”
Dr. Neale’s Scranton office is on the third floor of Regional Hospital’s General Services Building on Jefferson Avenue. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Neale, or for more information on the bariatric surgery program at Regional Hospital of Scranton, please call 570.552.THIN (8446).
For nearly 100 years, Regional Hospital of Scranton, an affiliate of Commonwealth Health, has been proud to serve the residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Regional Hospital of Scranton is licensed for 198 hospital beds and has a network of more than 400 physicians representing a wide spectrum of specialties. The hospital has been recognized nationally for quality and was named one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals by HealthGrades, a national accrediting organization for the years 2007-2012. In addition, Regional received recognition in 12 specialty areas. In 2011 and 2012, Regional was named Best Hospital in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Metro Area by U.S. News and World Report, and in 2011 Regional was named to Becker’s Hospital Review list of the leading 100 hospitals in the United States.