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Considering Weight Loss Surgery?: January 13, 2011

New research finds that more people are inquiring about weight loss surgery as a way to tackle those numbers on the scale. Many of them with elevated body mass index numbers.

“What we typically see is when our patients are looking into the bypass or the bands or the sleeve, they’re usually around the 40s,” says Lee Memorial Health System bariatric surgeon, Dr. Moses Shieh.

He adds that there’s more to this decision than just the surgery itself. “The surgery is the tool but not the solution. The solution that wins over has to be up here.”

When counseling patients, Dr. Shieh evaluates whether or not someone is truly ready to undergo weight loss surgery. Have they tried to lose weight in the past? And if so, how? “If you were to say, ‘that’s for me’ and haven’t tried the simplest of things: of diet and exercise and when we say diet and exercise, understand: when people tell me and I say “how many calories do you eat?’ If you don’t know how many calories you’re eating, how exactly are you measuring your diet?’

He also makes sure patients understand that proper nutrients, calorie intake, and exercise are a must after surgery. “I tell my patients it’s just as important as the surgery because if you’re not getting out and moving, you’re at risk of complications after surgery.”

On January 20th, Dr. Shieh will host an informational seminar. It begins at 6:30 in the Lee Memorial Hospital Auditorium. To learn more, you can call 239 334-9966.