Bariatric Surgery—is it Right for You?

July 16, 2012

If you are severely overweight, bariatric surgery can dramatically impact your health. This specialized type of surgery can help you lose excess weight, and also improve health problems associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and osteoarthritis. 

Kibwe Weaver, MD, a bariatric surgeon and Krista Hampton, RD, a bariatric surgery coordinator, both from Bronson Kalamazoo, will offer a special program titled ‘Bariatric Surgery: Is It Right for You?’ on Thursday, August 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Conference Rooms 1 & 2.  This is a chance to learn more about the types of procedures, health benefits and risks of surgery, and lifestyle changes necessary to be successful. Call (269) 341-8900 to learn more.  
Register at http://www.bronsonhealth.com/classesandevents/11693.

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are extremely (obese) overweight.  Weight loss is achieved by surgically reducing the size of the stomach by inserting a medical device, removing a portion of the stomach, or by re-secting or re-routing the intestines to a small pouch.  In a nutshell, these types of procedures limit the amount of food that you can take into your body or limits the amount of food you can digest. 

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


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