JSMC reaches weight-loss surgery milestone, expands program
July 11, 2012
HOPKINSVILLE—A 43-year old woman from Clarksville is the 100th patient to undergo weight-loss surgery at Jennie Stuart Medical Center. The hospital began offering laparoscopic banding in 2010 and performed the procedure for 22 patients that year. In 2011, 48 patients had the minimally invasive procedure. So far this year, another 30 have done so.
Gerame Wells, MD, FACS, medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at JSMC, describes laparoscopic banding as a tool to help each person’s weight loss journey. “While results are highly individualized, the LAP-BANDŽ device helps patients feel full, so they eat less and the weight comes off,” he says.
The hospital expects to perform the procedure for another 48 patients this year.
JSMC offers free informational seminars on weight-loss surgery each month. The next ones are on Monday, July 23, 6 p.m. at the hospital, and Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m. at Caldwell County Hospital, Princeton. Call 800-887-JSMC ext. 4402 to reserve a seat.
Meanwhile, JSMC Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, formerly inMotion, is now offering special exercise classes for recent weight-loss surgery patients.
Todd Hancock, Rehab director, says work-outs will be customized for each patient. “The sessions will consist of cardio and strength training because evidence shows that the best way to lose weight is to combine the two,” he says.
JSMC Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine is at 1811 E. 9th Street, Hopkinsville. For more information, call (270) 886-1289.
JSMC is a private, not-for-profit health organization that includes an acute-care medical center; free-standing outpatient surgery, medical imaging, laboratory, and rehabilitation services; and an integrated physician network.