CEDAR FALLS — Dr. J. Matthew Glascock has kept the Cedar Valley on the cutting edge of surgical intervention for obesity for more than a decade.
With the recent move and expansion of the Midwest Institute of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Sartori Memorial Hospital, he’s set on staying at the head of the line.
“Fortunately we’ve been able to keep up with the front of that wave,” Glascock said. “We have some of the best imaging and operating room facilities available, newer and better surgical instrumentation, the list just goes on and on.”
Earlier this year, the weight loss management clinic moved from the first floor of the Covenant Clinic Professional Office Building at the Sartori campus to the second floor of Sartori Memorial Hospital, Suite 2800. The new area offers much more space for patients, providers and associates of the clinic.
“All of the services we have to offer are now in one place,” Glascock said. “We have more exam rooms, our dietitian has a dedicated teaching area, there is a workout facility just down the hallway and all of our team members are easily accessible.”
Along with the new space, the clinic is also offering additional services, including treatment for at-risk patients whose weight is “a significant problem resulting in other, related health problems” but who don’t meet the criteria for surgical intervention, he said. “It’s a more global approach to this issue.”
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Patients will work under the care of a nurse, dietitian and personal trainers to meet their weight loss and health goals.
“It’s nutrition, exercise and support along the way,” Glascock noted. “There is a sizable clientele who simply need a comprehensive, programmatic approach to losing weight. The program helps us identify patterns so we can intervene and break them.”
Glascock is quick to point out that obesity is a disease, not a character flaw.
“This is not a willful damage to your body. This is a disease — it has a root set of causes, a predictable course and impairments to quality and quantity of life,” he said. “We really need to get away from considering this a self-inflicted condition based on poor choices and patterns of living.
“You don’t look disparagingly on someone who gets diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. Yet there is a stigma associated with this (disease). ... This needs to treated like any disease, with a comprehensive care plan. We won’t make a dent in this catastrophic condition until that’s the message we project at every opportunity.”