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Obesity Surgery

This article was featured on KMEG14 Siouxland News.

It is no surprise that obesity can lead to a lot of complications.

Dr. Keith Vollstedt of Mercy Medical Group said, “That excess weight that we carry also contributes to pain on the joints, pain in the back, contributes to high blood pressure, acid reflux disease and getting that weight off can improve people’s overall physical condition. And hopefully reduce the use of medications or pills, and maybe some further surgeries down the road.”

This is why doctors recommend surgeries that can help with weight loss for patients who are 100 pounds overweight and have other health problems.

“Mercy and our group Midlands Clinic Office, offers a gastric by-pass, we offer a gastric sleeve resection, and we offer the adjustable gastric band.”

Each surgery has its benefits over the other and you and your doctor can decide which is best for you.

The surgeries usually require one to two nights in the hospital and up to 3 weeks of recovery at home.

Doctors also recommend time with a dietician before the surgery to create good eating habits.

But the key thing is, “When the person is ready to change their life, when they are ready to eat differently, when they are ready to give up foods, certain foods, when they are ready to start exercising, then we can have a successful operation and people are successful with the surgery.”

But remember these surgeries are not permanent, when patients fall back into old habits they will regain the weight.

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