April 2013


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 Take a look at what's going on at St. Francis this month:


Yoga for Cancer Survivors



Balanced Life Yoga


Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Beginners


Facts of Life for Mothers and Daughters


Heart Walk

Goodwill Mud Run


Goodwill Mud Run


4/15 - 4/17

Advancements in AFib Seminar


Heart Saver CPR


Walk With a Doc



Fibromyalgia Seminar

Featured Article

Many of us have struggled with our weight at one time or another. While most can get to a healthy weight with diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may be an option for those who are very obese and have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through more traditional methods. The St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss Center, designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of ExcellenceŽ by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, offers the most advanced procedures for surgical weight loss, including the new sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Read on to see how it gave one couple a new lease on life.

New Bariatric Procedure Gives Couple Second Chance at Healthy Life


Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is the type of surgery that changed Roberta and John Shaughnessy's lives. The Shaughnessys not only both decided to have gastric sleeve surgery, they decided to go through the process together and ended up having surgery on the same day.


Their results are remarkable - Roberta has lost 90 pounds and John has lost 98 pounds, shrinking his waist from 46 inches to 30 inches. "Before, we always enjoyed being outside but never really did the things we wanted to do, like hiking and kayaking, because we just didn't have the energy," Roberta says. "Now we are outside all the time, and we're at the gym six days a week."


"I feel phenomenal," John says. "I couldn't believe that I actually bypassed my weight goal. I started at 240 and wanted to get to 175. Today, I weigh 142 pounds."


Roberta says they are enjoying their new lives not only as a result of the procedure, but as a result of their commitment to a new, healthy lifestyle. "It is not an easy fix," she says. "The surgery is a tool you can use if you are serious about making a change to being a healthier you."


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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery and does not surgically remove fat. It works in conjunction with long-term lifestyle changes, including drastic changes in diet and commitments to exercise.


There are two general ways in which bariatric surgeries work," says Jeffrey Chaudhari, MD, bariatric surgeon with the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss Center. "The first is by limiting the amount of food you can eat with either a gastric banding device around the stomach or a surgically-created, smaller stomach pouch. This ensures that you feel satisfied with less food. The other way is by limiting the number of calories and nutrients your body can absorb with procedures like gastric bypass surgery."


Many of us have heard of gastric banding surgery, in which a removable band is placed around the top of the stomach to create a smaller pouch, and gastric bypass surgery, which permanently reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes it so that the body absorbs fewer calories from food. A relatively new option in bariatric surgery is the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery.  A vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure limits the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of your stomach.   


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We Know Hands Like the Back of Our, Well, Hand.


Think of all the intricate tasks you perform with your hands every day: tying your shoes; picking up small objects; buttoning your shirt. If your hands are affected by arthritis or any sort of pain, these tasks can be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Marc Tanner, MD

Treatment Options

Timothy R. Brown, MD

Thumb Arthroplasty

W. Arnold Batson, MD 

Trigger Finger Release

M. Jason Palmer, MD 

Carpal Tunnel Release



Newest advancements in atrial fibrillation
Join Upstate Cardiology physicians at a FREE seminar to learn about the newest, most advanced treatment options for atrial fibrillation, the most common form of an irregular heartbeat. If left untreated, AFib can increase your risk of stroke and other heart-related problems. You owe it to yourself to learn about these treatment options to see if they are right for you.
April 15, 16, or 17 | 6pm
ST. FRANCIS millennium
Are you living with chronic, widespread pain?
Relief is here! Join St. Francis physicians at this FREE event to learn more about the symptoms and treatments of Fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder affecting more than five (5) million Americans. If prescription medication hasn't worked for you, you owe it to yourself to learn more about Bon Secours St. Francis Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program.

April 29 | 6pm

ST. FRANCIS millennium



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