Things I Have Learned
Benjamin Hung, MD
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Medical Director
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center
Our Bariatric Surgery Program has performed more than 1300 weight-loss surgeries since 2002!
The surgery of choice in 2002 was the Open Gastric Bypass. With advances in technology surgeons began using the laparoscopic technique for most procedures which shortened recovery time as well as minimized postoperative complications.
In 2005, our program began offering another option for surgical weight-loss, the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System. Ongoing research and patient trials revealed that patients were also having reduction in co-morbidities and excess body weight with the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.
In 2009, both Dr. Raymond Taddeucci and myself began performing the Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Often patients will ask me, "What is the best surgery for me?" I respond by saying, it is the procedure that you feel the most comfortable with. It is not about what type of surgery you choose but rather the commitment to changing habits, lifestyle and follow-up with your surgeon and the team.
I want to share with you what I personally have learned from working with my patients over the years.
Traits of successful patients:
2. Research the surgery diligently
3. Understand that surgery is only a tool
4. Make dietary and behavioral changes
6. Monitor adequate protein and vitamin intake
7. Make no excuses during the times that they
8. Attend support groups or has a support
system in place
The more you invest into your surgery and follow the required health habits, the better the results.
Traits of unsuccessful patients:
1. Lack of exercise
2. Do not change their eating habits
4. Blame game (it's not my fault)
5. Avoid follow-up or seeking help
Myths and Stories:
1. "I can't afford to eat a healthy diet"
2. "I can still eat carbs"
3. "I did fine for a few years, but now I have slid
4. "My bypass doesn't work...can I have a band?"
5. "My band is so tight, I can only eat ice cream
Success with Bariatric Surgery:
1. 80 percent of people do well
2. Most never reach their "goal" but are still
3. Resolved health issues with less medications
4. "I went to Disneyworld with my grandkids"
5. "I ran my first marathon this year"
6. "Now that I have more self-confidence and energy
I have started my own business"
In conclusion, I would like to share your success is our success. Remember, it is a lifetime change. You must always fight against bad habits as weight regain is possible.
Wishing you the best,
Dr. Benjamin Hung