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Baptist Health Lexington: Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgeon DEREK WEISS, MD explains the advantages of comprehensive weight loss surgery and describes the minimally invasive laparoscopic/robotics Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure.

Bariatric Surgery Health Talks Transcript

G. Derek Weiss, MD

The vast majority of people, I think, when they finally come to weight loss surgery, it is because their quality of life is poor. Unfortunately, your life expectancy is cut about 15 to 20 years if you’re morbidly obese.

Elizabeth Whitt

In high school, I had gained so much weight that I had to quit marching band. I was unable to do so many activities that all of my other friends were able to do.

G. Derek Weiss, MD

Here at Baptist Health Lexington, we offer a comprehensive weight loss surgery program. There have been a lot of changes to weight loss surgery in the last several years. The technique I use mostly is a procedure called the laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. And I do that through a laparoscope, which is a small video camera or robotic. What I’m able to do through that in about an hour and a half is remove the outer portion of your stomach, turning your stomach from about a liter and a half bag to a banana sized tube that holds one-tenth the size of what your stomach used to hold. It’s not uncommon to lose 30 to 50 pounds in the first month, you know, depending on where you start, and be down over 100 pounds by six months.

Elizabeth Whitt

I went from a size 24 that I was squeezing into, and I now wear size 4’s, and I sometimes cannot believe that I wear a size 4.