It is a growing health epidemic in the U.S., impacting the lives of men and women of all ages and races. Morbid obesity affects more than 93 million Americans and studies predict this number will exceed 120 million in the next five years. These alarming statistics only stress the importance of educating the public on the health risks associated with the condition.
According to Dr. John Rabkin, “Patients who are obese have a multitude of medical problems including: adult onset diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and many, many more, all of which result in early or premature death.”
Barbara Metcalf, RN says, “Many obese people face numerous problems, not just their serious co morbidities. The psychosocial co morbidities are often much more damaging. They suffer from discrimination everyday, often in the workforce. They are passed over and not promoted, they suffer from depression that has been reported as high as 90%.
Also their physical lifestyle is no longer available to them. When you move around in a 100 pound excess body, it hurts to move. Your knees hurt; you can no longer do those daily activities like you used to do.”
Obesity is the Leading Cause of Adult Onset Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S.
According to medical experts, obesity is the leading cause of adult onset Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S.
“The number one health problem in the U.S. is obesity. It is responsible for the majority of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a myriad of other problems. The only way to cure these problems permanently is through weight loss and the only way to effect weight loss permanently is with weight loss surgery,” says Dr. Rabkin.
Today, there are a host of medical treatments that are giving morbid obese adults more options. Two of the latest that are growing in popularity are called laparoscopic duodenal switch (LAP-DS) or Lap DS and vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
Dr. Rabkin says these bariatric surgical procedures are designed to help obese Americans shed excess weight, promote lasting weight loss, and cure diabetes.
“The duodenal switch is a newer weight loss procedure that will really revolutionize the way we treat patients who are morbidly obese. The effects are spectacular, the weight loss is better than any of the other pre-existing, older procedures.
More importantly, the lack of weight gain or the permanence of the weight loss is far superior to those other weight loss surgical procedures. Patients return to an active, healthy lifestyle, and they throw away the majority of their medications because they don’t need them anymore. Their diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and all of the other weight related problems go away with the weight,” says Dr. Rabkin.
Duodenal Switch More Effective Than Vertical Gastrectomy
Dr. Rabkin also believes these procedures have greater advantages than traditional bariatric procedures. “The vertical gastrectomy is in essence a better gastric bypass, but that is all it really is. So over time, people probably regain weight. What the duodenal switch does is in addition to creating the sleeve gastrectomy, it also reroutes the intestines, so it separates the food stream from the digestive enzymes, and by separating the two, people don’t absorb all of the fat they eat,” says Dr. Rabkin.
Patients who have undergone these types of procedures have reported improvements in their overall health and well-being.
“I had tried special diets, I had tried reading special books, I tried having people call me…I’d call them. None of it worked. So I finally decided that I wanted a permanent solution and when I looked around, from my perspective the duodenal switch was the procedure I wanted specifically,” say Dr. Kevin Fickenscher.
Obese People living in the San Francisco Area can look to Pacific Laparoscopy for Help in their Commitment to Weight Loss
Do you need to lose 80-100 pounds or more? Do you have adult onset diabetes and feel your health is at risk?
Pacific Laparoscopy, located in San Francisco, California is dedicated to helping morbidly obese Americans lose weight more permanently and get healthy with their innovative weight loss surgery programs.
“Weight loss surgery is one of the most effective ways to help morbidly obese people lose their excess weight and help cure many weight related medical problems that they suffer from,” says Dr. Rabkin.
Pacific Laparoscopy specializes in the newest bariatric procedures that have less complications and lasting weight loss results.
Dr. Rabkin says, “The duodenal switch is a combination weight loss surgical procedure that uses both restriction, meaning a small stomach pouch, as well as malabsorption so people who have this operation lose weight by limiting how much they can eat as well as limiting how much they absorb of what they eat. Over time as the pouch increases in size and people get to enjoy eating food again, they are not at risk of regaining weight because they won’t be absorbing all of the food they eat.”
“The Surgery … Gave Me a Whole Brand New Life”
Many Pacific Laparoscopy patients have had successful surgeries and are now leading happy, healthier lives.
Patient Jennifer Jones says, “I had a duodenal switch about two years ago and it has completely changed my life. Before, I was tired all the time, I couldn’t do things with our three kids; I couldn’t do things with them. I was grumpy, I couldn’t walk up stairs without getting winded, and I had really bad heartburn. The surgery just gave me a new life, it didn’t just change my life, and it gave me a whole brand new life.”
Do the Research …
Jennifer’s husband Jeff says, “For anybody who is morbidly obese you need to take a look at this. Do the research, which is what we did, what we found was this was the procedure that was going to save our lives, and it has done so.”