As rates of obesity continue to increase world-wide, surgical weight loss options have increased in popularity as an effective treatment for obesity. Most bariatric surgery patients are successful with losing and maintaining their weight loss long-term.
CVMC offers an accredited Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center sanctioned by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The program offers three different types of surgery – Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Adjustable Gastric Band. All of these are considered major surgeries and require candidates to complete an established protocol prior to having weight loss surgery.
Libby Shaver MSN, RN, CBN, CVMC Bariatric Surgery Navigator states, “Weight Loss Surgery is not the easy way out. It is just a tool. Patients still have to change unhealthy eating habits and commit to a more active lifestyle to enjoy long-term results. “Continued weight loss relies upon a patient’s desire and dedication to change their lifestyle with a proactive approach. Family and/or peer support greatly enhances the ability to make these changes. The improvement in health conditions often propels patients toward their weight loss goals. Once these goals are reached, a good support system is essential to help during the maintenance phase.
Libby says “For the right candidates, weight loss surgery is a lifesaving step. Most of our patients keep at least 50% of their excess weight off after 5 years following surgery and have improvement or resolution of pre-operative health conditions and enjoy a better quality of life.”
CVMC’s program features the following elements to help ensure long-term success after surgery:
- Comprehensive care coordinated by a registered nurse
- Individualized education before and after surgery by a nurse and dietitian
- Monthly support group meetings and an online support group
- Long-term management, support and follow-up care
If you would like more information about bariatric surgery, please contact Libby at 828-326-2082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.