Tailored to fit: Weight-loss surgery an option for some

Feb 1,2012
Each year, more than 200,000 men and women make the decision to undergo weight-loss surgery.

Not that they aren’t trying to lose weight on their own — it’s just for many, diet and exercise aren’t enough.

But even surgery is just a beginning.

“Surgery is only one part of the whole weight-loss picture,” says Greg Showell, RN, Samaritan Bariatric Surgery Program manager. “Our program’s unique approach of both pre- and post-surgical education and support is designed to find the best weight-loss solution for the patient while giving them the tools necessary to maintain a healthy weight for the rest of their life.”

For those who qualify, Samaritan’s bariatric program consists of three steps — the most important of which is an intensive and comprehensive follow-up plan led by the program’s nurses, surgeons and former patients, as well as registered dietitians, mental health professionals, and other experts in health improvement and weight control.

“The program’s education and support circle was like a second family to me throughout my weight-loss journey,” said Sue Jackson, a Corvallis resident who has lost 116 pounds to date following her 2006 procedure. “I honestly don’t think I could have managed to keep the weight off on my own.”

Patients can choose from one of three treatments for weight-loss surgery: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric band.

“Weight-loss surgery isn’t right for everyone,” said Showell. “The key to successful massive weight loss is making the right surgical decision, then following through with our comprehensive post-surgical nutrition, support group and exercise program.”

“From beginning to end, the program was tailor made for me,” said Jackson.

To learn more about the Samaritan Bariatric Surgery Program, its team of providers and the surgical options available for weight loss, visit www.samhealth.org/weightlosssurgery.