Monday, May 19, 2008

ORLive May 29, 2008 webcast: Experts discuss Lap Band(R) and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y bariatric procedures

Marshfield, WI

Live Webcast: From Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic: May 29, 2008 at 4:00 PM CDT (21:00 UTC)
Bariatric surgery will be featured on the eighth webcast sponsored by Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic. It is set for 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 29.

During the webcast, Marshfield Clinic physicians on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital and other Marshfield Clinic health care professionals will discuss the comprehensive bariatric program at Saint Joseph's Hospital and Marshfield Clinic. The program will feature Timothy Wengert, MD, performing a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and Anishur Rahman, MD, placing an adjustable gastric band (LAP-BAND®). There will also be a live panel discussion and analysis moderated by Marvin Kuehner, MD, who has performed bariatric surgery for more than 30 years. Wengert and Rahman will also participate in the discussion, along with David Winemiller, PhD, clinical psychologist; Chrisanne Urban, MS, RD, CD, Nutrition Services; and Sheila Blackmun, RN, BSN, bariatric surgery program coordinator.

Bariatric, or weight-loss surgery, has proven to be an effective tool to lose a large amount of weight, significantly improving one's health and well-being. More than 90 percent of patients are able to reduce or eliminate medications taken for certain obesity-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. In a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, surgical staples are used to form a small pouch at the top of the stomach, thus restricting the amount of food that can be comfortably eaten at one time. This small pouch is then connected to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine to limit the absorption of calories. The LAP-BAND® also reduces the size of the stomach but because the small bowel is not involved, it does not interfere with absorption. The adjustable silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and a plastic tube runs from the band to an access port placed just under the skin n the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to inject or remove saline to adjust the "tightness" of the band to facilitate weight loss.

The bariatric program at Marshfield offers a multidisciplinary approach to surgical weight loss in a professional, supportive environment. Health care professionals are sensitive to the unique challenges brought on by obesity and strive to care for and meet the individual needs of each patient.

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