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Release: July 16, 2002

Discovery Channel to feature UI plastic, reconstructive surgeons

Cable television's Discovery Channel will televise a program this month that features University of Iowa Health Care plastic and reconstructive surgeons who specialize in treating patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.

Al Aly, M.D., an assistant professor with joint appointments in the UI Department of Surgery and the UI Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Albert Cram, M.D., a professor in the UI Department of Surgery, will appear in the program. Their expertise in performing a surgery called a belt lipectomy convinced the program's producers to come to Iowa City.

A belt lipectomy is reserved for patients who were formerly obese who subsequently lost a significant amount of weight – usually more than 100 pounds – either following gastric bypass surgery or through lifestyles changes involving diet and exercise. Those patients can still have hanging folds of excess flesh that negatively affect their appearance.

Cram and Aly make up one of the few surgical teams in the United States that perform belt lipectomies. They surgically remove the excess tissue from the patient and provide a more normal body contour. The Discovery Channel video crew followed a patient through the treatment process.

The program is entitled "Skin Deep." It is devoted to highlighting a variety of plastic surgery procedures. The belt lipectomy program is scheduled for 8 p.m. (CT) Wednesday, July 17, at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Consult your local cable television listing for information about the channel that carries Discovery Television in your area.

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