Obesity is more than just being a few pounds overweight. A person is obese when 30% of their body weight is fat—in other words, a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30. But obesity is no mere matter of appearance. The more overweight you are, the more health problems you are likely to have. In fact, a BMI of 40 and above (or 35-40 with other obesity-related health problems) is considered morbid obesity. If you are living with significant excess weight and can’t seem to successfully lose that weight or keep it off, bariatric surgery at Midtown Medical Center may be an option. Bariatric surgery actually resets your body’s fat-set point, allowing you to lose the weight that the body naturally fights to maintain. Health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux can also be eliminated.
It all starts when you attend a bariatric surgery seminar. Click here to find the date of the next seminar and register to attend.
If you are morbidly obese, the size of your existing stomach is larger than normal. With the Roux En-y Gastric Bypass, the surgeon separates the stomach into a small pouch, which effectively becomes the new stomach for the patient. In other words, it bypasses your existing stomach. The Roux En-y is the gold standard of gastric bypass surgery and has been used for many years safely and effectively with positive results. If you are on insulin or have been severely overweight for many years, your physician may recommend this option.
Gastric Sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a laparoscopic procedure to remove over half of your stomach, leaving the remaining portion of the stomach stapled together. This creates a smaller stomach, so you feel fuller from eating sooner. The procedure is generally less complicated. However, because a portion of your stomach is removed, it is not reversible. If you are younger or have only been obese for a few years, this procedure may be a good option for you.
The gastric balloon procedure, or endoscopic intragastric balloon, is not surgical, and no part of your stomach is removed. With this less-invasive procedure, an experienced bariatric surgeon places a balloon in your stomach. The balloon is then partially inflated. With the balloon taking up more room in your stomach, you feel fuller far sooner and, as a result, you eat less. The balloon is then removed up to a year after the initial procedure. To see how it works and hear from other patients, watch these videos.
Paul Cartwright, MD, who leads the bariatric surgery team, has triple accreditation in bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery and flexible therapeutic endoscopy. In the past five years, more than 120 patients have been treated for morbid obesity at Midtown Medical Center. The experience, training and expertise of our physicians makes our bariatric program the only one of its kind in the region. See our gallery of patient photographs, before and after bariatric surgery.
At Midtown Medical Center, our multi-disciplinary approach is designed to help you succeed in meeting your health and weight-loss goals. All patients visit with a psychologist. You also work with a specially trained dietician who understands the needs of bariatric patients in ways a typical dietician does not. And you have opportunities, before and after surgery, to connect with support groups to help you maintain a new healthier lifestyle for many years to come.
Occasionally, the experienced surgeons at Columbus Regional Health encounter patients who have had bariatric surgeries performed elsewhere, when the physician did not create an appropriate size stomach. As a result, patients may continue to experience acid reflux. In some cases, patients have regained weight. Either way, our surgeons can perform a revisional procedure to correct the problem, often endoscopically and without open surgery.
Some of our patients are satisfied to lose only 50 percent of their excess weight.
The overwhelming majority of our patients are able to lose more than 50 percent of their excess weight and keep it off.
Some of our patients show extraordinary enthusiasm and, as a result, lose over 90 percent of their excess weight.
If you’re interested in weight-loss surgery, attending a free bariatric surgery seminar is the first step. You learn all about the process —what’s expected, what makes you a candidate, how it works—and meet Dr. Cartwright. For the date of the next seminar and to sign up, click or call (706) 660-2950.
Insurance coverage for bariatric surgery varies from policy to policy. Consult with your insurance provider for details. For help with paying for your treatment, Prosper Healthcare Lending provides financing options for bariatric procedures. Patients can even use these services toward deductibles. Submit a loan inquiry at prosper.com/vib/healthcare/
If you’re ready to talk with a doctor about what bariatric surgery can do for you, contact the office of Dr. Paul Cartwright to schedule an appointment. His offices are located at the: Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute 920 18th Street, Columbus, GA 31901. Call (706) 649-6600 today for an appointment.