Baptist Health Louisville: The Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery Options
Learn about the benefits of bariatric surgery by watching this patient’s story of how weight-loss surgery saved his life. Baptist Health Louisville offers new advances in weight-loss surgery options and procedures.
The Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery Options in Louisville HealthTalks Transcript
Keith Slack, Louisville, Kentucky:
I’ve always been a big guy, always been tall. In high school, I was around 240 pounds, so I was a pretty big guy then, but I was always an active guy. At one point, I started having problems with my back. I was having lower back pains. I woke up one morning; I couldn’t move anymore. It started to eat me up inside. I started to get depressed. Everything I ate turned straight to fat.
John Oldham Jr., MD, General & Bariatric Surgery:
Obesity causes a lot of diseases. We call them comorbidities — hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and so on. Weight-loss surgery is there to resolve comorbidities. The gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure where we remove about 85 percent of the stomach. It’s actually taking part of the stomach that produces the ghrelin hormone, which is the hunger hormone, so a lot of gastric sleeve patients have a decreased hunger sensation or decreased appetite, because that hormone is being taken out.
I talked to Dr. Oldham. He told us about all these different options. I went with the gastric sleeve. It literally changed everything for me. I went from 421 pounds to down to where I’m at now, fluctuating between 225 and 230. What Dr. Oldham and his staff told me — you follow their program, I mean, I’ve lost 195 pounds. It works, and it works really, really good. I tell you, it saved my life. It really did.
At Baptist Health, your weight loss journey begins by attending one of our information seminars. Even if you have been overweight your whole life, we can help you get on track toward a healthier, happier you. When you come to Baptist Health for weight loss, you have a lot of treatment and surgical options. During our information seminars, we explain all of these options as well as the comprehensive support that goes with them.