You may have heard of weight-loss surgery, or even know a friend or family member that has had weight-loss surgery. Typically, there are many misconceptions associated with weight loss surgery. You may have heard people say that surgery is the “easy way out” to lose weight, or that all patients gain their weight back. All of these myths are untrue. Surgery is not a quick fix to obesity, yet a tool that we use along with dietary and lifestyle changes to accomplish significant weight loss and long-term weight maintenance.
Surgery is also ideal for patients who have struggled with weight loss and have had multiple failed attempts of weight loss in the past. Within our program at UNC Lenoir Weight Loss Management, we will be offering the Roux-en- Y Gastric Bypass as well as the Sleeve Gastrectomy which are both performed in a laparoscopic, minimally-invasive approach. The majority of patients are able to return to work within 2 weeks following surgery.
+ Ideal for patients who struggle with their weight, and have had many failed attempts at weight loss.
+ Close monitoring of patients after surgery as they progress towards better health and emotional well-being.
+ Provides significant weight loss and improvement or resolution of health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
+ Includes nutritional, exercise and lifestyle education and support, before and after surgery.
+ Monthly support groups designed to help you achieve and maintain long-term success with weight loss.
+ Includes free membership to Minges Wellness Center for 1 year after surgery to meet weight loss goals.
+ Must be between the ages of 18 and 64.
+ Must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 35.
+ Patients with a BMI between 35-39.9 must have at least one comorbidity (medical problem) associated with obesity. Comorbidities include: High blood pressure, Diabetes, Sleep apnea and GERD (reflux disease). Patients with a BMI of 40 or greater are not required to have any medical problems to be a candidate for surgery.
+ At this time, we are limited to operating on patients with a maximum BMI of 55 for males, and 60 for females. If your BMI is greater than our current limits, you may consider participating in our medically managed weight-loss program to lose enough weight in order to qualify for surgery.
+ Must be ambulatory (able to walk).
+ We are unable to accept patients with organ failure.
+ We are unable to accept patients with significant or unstable cardiac and/or pulmonary disease.
A small pouch is formed from the stomach, and the small intestine is attached to the pouch, bypassing the remainder of the stomach and a large portion of the small bowel. Patients lose approximately 60-80% of their excess weight with this procedure.
** For patients with diabetes, this operation results in remission of Type 2 Diabetes in 80% of patients and improvement of the disease in an additional 15% of patients.
Approximately 80% of the stomach is removed, with the remainder of the stomach resembling a sleeve.
There is no re-routing of the small bowel. Patients lose approximately 50-60% of their excess weight with this procedure.
** Type 2 Diabetes remission rates are approximately 60% with this surgery.
+ Significant, sustainable weight loss.
+ Reduction/elimination in obesity related diseases.
+ Reduction/elimination in medication taken for obesity related diseases.
+ Improved quality of life.
+ Reduced healthcare spending.
+ Reduced prescription medication spending.
+ Reduced wages lost due to absenteeism.
Dr. Moore received his residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Moore is married to Lisa, a professor at ECU Brody School of Medicine. They have 3 children.
Dr. Rose received his residency at East Carolina University. His specialty is in general surgery, advanced GI and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Rose is married to Deana-Marie and they have two children.
If you feel you would be a good candidate and want to learn more about weight loss surgery,
call Megan Daniels, Bariatric Coordinator
or submit your questions through our contact form.
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