Department of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery @ Ospedale Galeazzi - Sant'Ambrogio

INCO is a national reference centre for the treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders since 2010, ensuring a continuous and patient-centered care.

Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at INCO is performed by highly experienced and skilled surgeons using the most innovative laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic gastric and mini-gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

Surgeons work hand in hand with a multidisciplinary team, composed of endocrinologists, bariatric dietitians, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. This multimodal approach offers a comprehensive care for obesity and its comorbidities, according to International Guidelines.

Particular importance is given to revisional bariatric and metabolic procedures, for patients that have met unsatisfactory results in terms of weight loss or metabolic control. INCO offers also a dedicated post-bariatric reconstructive surgery and a nutritional rehabilitation, focusing on the most common comorbidities especially type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

The center is directed by Dr. Alessandro Giovanelli, who has been dealing with obesity for years, with one of the highest treatment volumes in Italy. He performs mostly procedures of high surgical complexity, that are the subject of advanced interactive courses for bariatric surgeons nationwide during the last years.

The multidisciplinary team works together with two new figures in the Italian medical landscape: The Patient Manager, who ensures a continuous patient assistance in the clinical path, and the Case Manager, a dedicated nurse, who indicates the distinctive approach to the bariatric patient.

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Notable advanced technological equipment

  • Advanced laparoscopic technology
  • Integrated interdisciplinary approach
  • Robotic Surgery

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Meet our team

Head physician

Alessandro Giovanelli

Bariatric Surgeon
Alessandro Giovanelli

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Ospedale Galeazzi - Sant'Ambrogio

The new hospital brings together in a single facility Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, the first hospital for orthopaedic admissions that performs 75% of all revision orthopaedic surgeries in Italy, and Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio, example of healthcare excellence for its cardiovascular unit as well as for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity.

The new Ospedale Galeazzi - Sant’Ambrogio (OGSA), accredited by the Italian National Healthcare System (SSN), and given an IRCCS status (Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare) by the Italian Ministry of Health for the study of the locomotor system disorders, it is a center of excellence for clinical and pre-clinical biomedical research, and it is well-known for its teaching activity as a learning site for the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in agreement with the University of Milan.

As former Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, it is known for its achievements in the field of sports medicine and is now home for RE.GA.IN, a regenerative medicine center for the treatment of cartilage and tendon pathologies.

Since 2007, the Institute has become a member of the ISOC (International Society of Orthopaedic Centers), recognized as one of the 19 institutes of excellence in the field of orthopaedics representing 16 countries.

Former Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio adds to the new OGSA its healthcare excellence in treatment of cardiovascular pathologies with over 500 interventions of cardiac surgery and 2,500 interventional cardiology procedures per year thus becoming among the first Italian centers for cardiovascular treatments. The Cardiothoracic Center represents a point of excellence in mini-invasive cardiac surgery and in the percutaneous aortic valve replacement. Additionally, former Istituto Clinico Sant'Ambrogio is in the first place among the Lombardy hospitals for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction.