The day-to-day demands of parenting can feel like running a marathon sometimes. Running around after little ones, being on-the-go from sun up till bedtime, and keeping up with other daily tasks (hello laundry & dishes!) can leave anyone feeling exhausted. As parents, we want to be healthy and energetic for our children. We want to live full, healthy, and long lives to see our children grow and prosper. However, sometimes we can’t find the energy due to excess weight or other medical issues.
Weight loss can be challenging. Even more challenging can be the medical problems associated with being overweight including, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, low back pain, or arthritis of lower extremities.
The diet, exercise, and weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s built around the desire to lose weight, keep it off, and improve overall health. If we only work harder, we can achieve weight loss and better health . . . right? Unfortunately, for some people, diet and exercise alone do not lead to lasting weight loss.
Are there other options for people suffering from obesity or weight-related medical problems? The answer is yes!
Like most things, there are positives and negatives to consider when thinking about surgical options to address weight-related medical problems. Bariatric surgery is the older term describing a surgery that helps patients lose weight. The more up-to-date term would be metabolic surgery. This is a surgical procedure that helps patients lose weight. More importantly, it addresses underlying issues that have created weight-related medical problems.
The idea of undergoing any surgery can feel extreme and intimidating. However, surgical procedures for weight loss and improvement of health are simply tools that let you achieve success in a healthy and controlled fashion.
Change is good, but healthy change is better.
In general, these surgeries are performed in a minimally invasive (small incisions) fashion with the intention of making the stomach smaller. Making the stomach smaller has two effects. The first—your cravings will decrease and you will feel full and satisfied with small amounts of food. The second effect is it changes hormonal inputs from your stomach to the part of your brain that controls weight and metabolism. These hormonal changes help patients feel less hungry, get full more quickly, and can help increase metabolic rate to burn more calories. It is the combination of getting full with smaller portions, plus hormonal changes, that allows patients to lose weight. But more importantly, to keep that weight off for the rest of their life.
Metabolic surgery also provides substantial improvement, if not resolution, of weight-related medical problems such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, low back pain, and osteoarthritis pain. Following surgery, there are significant lifestyle changes that a patient will need to commit to. However, DaVita’s well-rounded Bariatric program provides the tools needed to succeed.
Surgery offers a safe option for long-term health maintenance when combined with lifestyle changes. It’s not just about the weight loss . . . it’s about the improvement to your overall health.
Please attend DaVita Medical Group’s informational seminars if you or someone you know is interested in learning more. Seminar dates can be found at: DaVitaNMBariatrics.com
About our Guest Blogger
Dr. Tyner is an advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon with DaVita Medical Group. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and went on to complete medical school at New York Medical College in Valhalla. Dr. Tyner is board certified in General Surgery, and fellowship trained in Bariatric Surgery. He has also earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Oak Leaf, and the NATO Service Medal with Oak Leaf for his service with the US Military.
Dr. Tyner started the first comprehensive bariatric surgery program in New Mexico. He is proud to now work alongside 3 other fellowship trained bariatric surgeons.