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Hope Bariatrics Online Seminar
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Your first step to becoming a healthier, happier person
Essential information about bariatric or weight loss surgery
Mandatory to learn about surgical treatment for weight loss before making your final decision
Geoffrey H. Wilcox, MD, FACS
Our Dedicated Staff
Our bariatric surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Wilcox
Board certified general surgeon specializing in weight loss surgery with over 1,700 surgeries since 2003 (as of Jan 2019, over 3,500 bariatric surgeries for Hope Bariatrics)
Assisted by Certified Physician Assistant, Jamie Dunn
Centers of Excellence Facility
Recognized by the American Society for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery
Surgeons, dietitian, and support staff are committed to helping you achieve your goals
Our follow-up program tracks progress, addresses concerns, and gives you ongoing support
Dr. Wilcox perfoms weight loss surgery at Heritage Valley Sewickley
Accredited Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery facility
High Quality of Care
Morbid obesity is related to multiple health problems
Obesity is the 2nd leading cause of preventable death
The morbidly obese die 10-15 years sooner than non-obese people
What is Obesity?
Not simply the result of overeating
Serious disease of excess fat storage that requires treatment and prevention
Genetics can predispose a person to obesity
Children of morbidly obese parents are more likely to struggle with obesity as adults
May be learned or may develop for other reasons
Making unhealthy food choices, lack of exercise and consuming large portions
Lack of education about nutrition
Availability of cheap, high calorie foods
Less time for exercise
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Measures obesity based on weight and height
Used to determine if you qualify for surgery
Health Risks of Obesity
Obesity is associated with many other problems
High Blood Pressure
Weight Loss Options
Diets, exercise, and behavioral change
Weight Loss Drugs
Long Term Weight Loss for Severely Obese
Non-Surgical Weight Loss
Q: Does Non-Surgical Weight Loss Work?
Comparison of several major commercial weight loss programs
No one diet shown to produce lasting significat weight loss
A: Only 3% - 5% will lose more than 50% of their excess weight...
and keep it off more than 2 years
Criteria for Surgery
National Institute of Health
Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI greater than 40
BMI of 35 to 40 with two other health problems
Determine a patient"s readiness for change
Rule out untreated mental illness
Document Past Attempts at Non-Surgical Weight Loss
Understand the Risks
Learning all you can and using weight loss surgery as a tool
Eating differently, taking vitamins, and increasing your activity
Most frequently performed weight loss surgery according to the ASMBS
Stomach cutting, stapling and intestinal re-routing required
Fast initial weight loss
Greater % of excess weight loss loss overall
Gastric Bypass Surgery -- Possible Side Effects
If you have a question or are not feeling well, CALL YOUR SURGEON'S OFFICE
Knowledge is the Key to Prevention
Recognize the signs
Contact our office
Nausea and/or vomiting
Diarrhea or constipation
Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies
Gastric Bypass Surgery -- Benefits
Medical Co-Morbidities Resolved
Long-Term Weight Loss
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
May be an option for carefully selected patients, including high-risk or super-super-obese patients1
1. ASMBS, Position Statement on Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Bariatric Procedure. June 17, 2007.
Mean excess weight loss at 1 year of 70%2
2. Lee CM, et al. Surg Endosc (2007) 21: 1810–1816
No implanted medical device
Sleeve Gastrectomy: Risks and possible complications
Leak at staple line
Which Surgery is for You?
You and your surgeon will discuss:
Potential weight loss
Your individual health history and medical problems
Any concerns, questions you may have
Decide together which surgery is best for you
General Dietary Guidelines
Choose quality foods
Drink plenty of fluids (no carbonation)
Eat 3 or 4 smaller meals
Chew food slowly and thoroughly
Eating after Weight Loss Surgery
Includes 4 Phases:
Phase I: clear liquids and protein
Phase II: pureed foods
Phase III: soft/bland foods
Phase IV: regular consistency foods
Eat Adequate Protein
Vitamins and Minerals
Adequate Fluid Intake
Hope Bariatrics Patients
My name is Trisha and I wanted to write how gastric bypass surgery has improved my life.
I had my surgery 12/06/12 and went from 305 lbs to a much celebrated 222 lbs and counting!! The first major change was I was off my insulin before being discharged from the hospital after surgery!! I was doing 70 units twice a day, even my primary care doctor thought it would take time to lower my dosage let alone completely eliminate it. Secondly at 43 years old the arthritis in my knees was so bad I could barely get up and down the steps in my home. There were times I would stand at the bottom in tears and I had to take them one at a time. Now I can sprint up and down them. I used to struggle through grocery shopping I can now walk 3 miles. Thirdly I went from taking 7 prescriptions to 3.
If you are considering this type of surgery I just want to say that my only regret is not doing it sooner!!! I forgot how good life could feel!!!
Stop smoking before surgery
Lose weight on your 3 or 6 month diet
Keep all your appointments
Learn all you can about nutrition
Make a plan for exercise
Join our support group
Commitment = Success
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program.
The next step will be a one-time education class conducted virtually by Zoom. You will be called to schedule this class after we receive your quiz from this seminar.
After that class you will see Dr. Wilcox face to face in our Sewickley office.
We have a $200. Program fee, not covered by insurance. The first $100 is due at your first visit with the doctor, the balance on the second visit. This covers dietary consultations, education and administrative work that is costly.
Remember, we are committed to YOU for life!
If you focus on results, you will neverchange.
If you focus on change, you will getresults.