Episode 5: How Surgical Weight-Loss Works

Episode 5: How Surgical Weight-Loss Works


– What surgical weight
loss allows a patient to do is overcome the body’s hormonal
defense against weight loss. The gastric bypass is an operation where we make a very small gastric pouch out of the top portion of the stomach, and then we bypass a portion
of the small intestines, and that in combination will produce tremendous hormonal changes that impacts how their body responds to hunger. The laparoscopic surgery,
using the small incisions, the patients are up and
walking that day of surgery, and that has allowed us to
decrease the risk tenfold over the last 15 years. So with Scott, he was able to go home the day following surgery
from the hospital. Wendy’s certainly been
there to be his champion and to help remind him
to get his liquids in and to get his protein in. – [Wendy] This is our first substance, cream of chicken soup
that has been strained. – Very good.
– How good is it? – Oh my gosh. – But he’s doing tremendous. We’ll see him back early next week to check his progress on his protein and start focusing on his vitamins and release him to increase
his activities a bit over the next couple weeks. (gentle music)

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