Bariatric surgery patient

On the October 13, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection we discuss the latest in Bariatric surgery. Host Katherine Boyd talks with Dr. Leena Khaitan, the Director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center at University Hospitals. Weight loss surgery helps morbidly obese people loose weight… and helps lessen the health problems tied to being overweight.

Currently the top weight loss surgeries are gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding procedures.  They work by limiting what a patient can eat, and the intestines’ ability to take in calories.

To learn more visit the University Hospitals website.

Katie after Bariatric surgery © Keith Berr Productions, Inc.

Katie after Bariatric surgery
© Keith Berr Productions, Inc.

Obesity is a life-threatening and life-long, costly and progressive, multi-faceted disease of excess fat storage.

Bariatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. This includes state-of-the-art surgical options which can be performed using minimally-invasive procedures:

  • Gastric Bypass: a small pouch is created and attached to the bowel so food intake is decreased and the nutritional absorption rate is altered.
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Band (Lap-Band®): an adjustable silicone band is inserted around the top of the stomach so food intake is restricted in the small pouch that remains.

In addition to sustained weight loss, bariatric surgery has been shown to help reduce the risk of other health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.

The Center for Bariatric Surgery provides a complete surgical weight loss program that helps people lose excess weight, keep it off long term and live a longer and healthier life.

For more details on the UH Geauga Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center, to schedule an appointment, or to register for a free weight management seminar, call 440-285-6469.

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