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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
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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.