Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Is it safe? How do you find the right doctor? Joining host Andrew Schorr to answer all these questions and more is Dr. Brant Oelschlager, Director of Bariatric Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Oelschlager helps listeners understand the various surgical approaches for weight control, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and adjustable gastric bypass surgery (also known as Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band or Lap-Band). Also joining the program is Wendy Reiner, a nurse who underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2004. She shares why she had the surgery and how it has impacted her life.
Dr. Oelschlager explains the difference between gastric bypass and Lap-Band surgery, as well as the pros and cons of each operation. He talks about who might be a good candidate for surgery, and what factors people should consider in making a decision. Dr. Oelschlager describes complications that can occur and the likelihood of these risks. He also explains what kinds of things must be done following the surgery to ensure success. Ultimately, he says, the choice comes down to individual needs and personal preference.
Before her surgery, Wendy suffered from gastric reflux, knee problems, and was at a high risk for diabetes. She has now lost close to 100 pounds, eats less and exercises daily. Wendy talks about why she chose to have gastric bypass and things to consider when making a choice. Wendy also shares side effects that her friends and family who have had weight loss surgery have experienced. She discusses importance of exercising and taking care of your health following the surgery, as well.
Weight control surgery is more than just surgery; it’s a life change. Listen to this webcast to hear the perspective of a medical expert and a patient. You will learn more about what these procedures entail and how to determine whether they are right for you in a smart, informative discussion.
Brant Oelschlager, M.D.
Head of Bariatric Surgery, UW MedicineDr. Brant Oelschlager is Head of Bariatric Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and is also an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Oelschlager received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and went on to complete a residency and a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the University of Washington. His clinical interests are in minimally-invasive... more >
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