Gastric Bypass Patients Have Class Before Surgery

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Five years ago, Mike Wise wasn't carrying around his grankid at Yellowstone Park. Instead, he was carrying around an insulin pen and a future filled with bigger problems.

"I'd just gone through a period where I'd increased my insulin, I'd gained some more weight. That's when I started thinking this is a roller coaster that's not going to stop," said Wise, who had gastric bypass surgery in November 2005.

In June 2005, Wise visited with his doctor who said that all of his problems were weight related and that Wise was a good candidate for a bariatric or gastric bypass surgery.

"Any of the bariatric procedures as you lose weight, we correct some of the comorbidities, the diabetes, the hypertension, and the sleep apnea. All of those things can be corrected," said Dr. Brent Lancaster, Via Christi Health bariatric surgeon.

Before Wise could schedule the procedure, he had to attend weekly lifestyle changing courses as part of a program at Via Christi Health.

"It is a behavioral modification thing. The surgery is one thing but everything that has to change in order to support the benefits of the surgery, you're going to have to learn," said Wise.

Wise no longer has to take eight pills or five shots a day. He is now about 140 pounds lighter. Little things like tying his shoes or crossing his legs are no longer a struggle.

"There is a lot better life out there than having to put up with what you have to with carrying all those pounds," said Wise.

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