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KDMC To Offer Surgical Weight Loss Information Sessions

King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) has scheduled a number of free informational sessions to discuss surgical weight loss procedures with area residents.

Laparoscopic gastric bypass and lap band procedures will be explained by KDMC surgical weight loss physicians Roderick Tompkins, M.D., Tim Wheeler, M.D., and Eric Smith, D.O. In detail, they will explain the surgical procedures; the total surgical weight loss process; support groups; dietary concerns; and wrap-up with a question/answer segment.

Scheduled sessions include:

Thursday, June 19
6-8 p.m.
Ramada Inn, Paintsville
624 James Trimble Rd.

Thursday, July 10
KDMC Health Education Center, Ashland
6-8 p.m.
2201 Lexington Ave. (lower level of parking building)

Thursday, July 31
6-8 p.m.
Scioto County Welcome Center, Portsmouth
342 2nd St.

KDMC’s Surgical Weight Loss medical director, Dr. Tompkins, says bariatric surgery has benefits far beyond weight loss. “The issues that many patients have related to obesity often are reduced or eliminated altogether. Type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea, and high cholesterol have all shown to reduce dramatically if a patient undergoes the surgery and follows a comprehensive diet and exercise plan afterward,” he said.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in October 2004, of 22,000 bariatric surgery patients, they showed improvements in the following obesity-related conditions:

  • Type 2 diabetes eliminated in 76.8% of patients; 86% eliminated or improved
  • Hypertension eliminated in 61.7% of patients and resolved or improved 78.5%
  • Obstructive sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing eliminated in 85.7% of patients
  • High cholesterol levels or hyperlipidemia decreased in more than 70% of patients
  • Average weight loss was 61.2 % for all patients

KDMC’s surgical weight loss program has launched a revamped version of its web site, The centerpiece of the new site is an eight-minute video that guides visitors through the program, explaining the basics and helping people determine if surgical weight loss is right for them. The new site also features new patient before-and-after photos.

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