“We hope people will take this opportunity to stop by, learn more about surgical weight loss, meet the team and participate in free screenings,” said Tammy Denton, program coordinator.
“Obesity is a growing epidemic in the U.S.,” Denton said. “Over the past decade, there has been increasing emphasis on the effects of being obese to the point that society and medical professionals are now treating the issue much more seriously.”
In June, the American Medical Association announced a new policy classifying obesity as a disease, reinforcing the science behind obesity prevention and treatment. The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized obesity as a complex chronic disease in 1998.
King’s Daughters surgeon Timothy Wheeler, M.D., performed the first laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure at KDMC in December 2002, Denton noted. Surgeon Roderick Tompkins, M.D., is program medical director.
The program has been accredited as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery since 2005. The program has also earned Centers for Bariatric Surgery Blue Distinction from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
To date, King’s Daughters program has performed more than 3,000 surgeries to help people reclaim their health and their lives. “We take great pride in the people that we have helped and the successes they have achieved,” Denton said. She attributes the successful outcomes to the multidisciplinary team, which includes surgeons, a certified bariatric nurse, a registered dietitian, a behavioral health specialist, diabetes educators and nurses.
“It is very rewarding to be a part of the change that every one of our patients experiences,” Denton said. “Not only do they have more energy and confidence, they enjoy life more and, in many cases, reverse medical problems that have plagued them for years.”
For more information about the Surgical Weight Loss program, please call (606) 408-1541 or visit yourhealthylife.org.
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