Are you having trouble sticking with your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight? Do you miss being active and enjoying time spent with friends and family? Forrest General Hospital is now offering weight loss surgery so you can get your life back! William Whitehead, M.D., and his team can help you take control of your weight. Weight loss surgery such as Roux-en-Y procedure has demonstrated added health benefits beyond weight loss as many patients also experience lower blood pressure, improvement in sleep apnea, acid reflux disease, diabetes control and joint pain.
We understand many people have reserved thoughts and anxiety when thinking about weight loss surgery. Did you know surgery aids in weight loss and lowers the risk of medical problems associated with obesity including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Sleep apnea
“With a family history of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, I became very concerned about my own health. After having bariatric surgery, I’ve lost 122 pounds and I’m feeling great! I have more energy and I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. It was the best decision I could have made.”
– Robin Strickland had Baratric Surgery at Forrest General in 2003.
Which procedure is right for me?
With weight loss surgery there are a couple of options with different types of procedures. Today we are going to focus on one of the most frequently performed weight loss surgeries in the United States, Roux-en-Y, also referred to as gastric bypass surgery. The surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach and connects it to a portion of the small intestine. Additionally, gastric bypass surgery can be completed laparoscopically with smaller incisions, less blood loss, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.
By decreasing the stomach size and bypassing a part of the intestines, gastric bypass surgery induces faster weight loss. Although the remainder of the stomach is not removed, through bypass, it can no longer act as a reservoir of excess food.
The gastric bypass procedure has demonstrated added health benefits beyond weight loss as many patients also experience lower blood pressure, improvement in sleep apnea, acid reflux disease, diabetes control and joint pain.
Am I a Candidate?
To learn more or to sign up for a free community education seminar to decide if weight-loss surgery is right for you, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445 or log on to forrestgeneral.com. Keep an eye out for our next blog post that will discuss the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy.