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Avera Medical Minute: Bariatric Surgery 1/2/11

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Surgeon Dr. Brad Thaemert with Surgical Institute of SD. Surgeon Dr. Brad Thaemert with Surgical Institute of SD.

More than 72 million people in this country are considered morbidly obese which means they are 100 plus pounds overweight. Nancy Naeve Brown asked a bariatric surgeon how weight loss surgery can impact the life and health of those who have tried and failed to keep the weight off.

Dr. Brad Thaemert with Surgical Institute of South Dakota says, "Lab band is a procedure we use to help people lose weight who are morbidly obese. It's a restrictive procedure where we put a band at the top of the stomach and we can control how tight it is by adding fluid to it and that makes people feel full very quickly so they take in less calories and that's how they lose weight.

Q: Who is a candidate for this?

A: Somebody who is morbidly obese. Typically we use something called Body Mass Index or BMI. A person with a BMI of 40 or higher is a candidate or somebody as low as a BMI 35 with a medical condition related to obesity like diabetes or high blood pressure or something like that. It's one of the few surgeries we do that is truly a life saving surgery that can cure certain medical problems that you just can't cure without losing weight. The diet success rate for morbidly obese patients is so poor, less than 5% where surgery success rates are as high as 90%. This surgery can actually cure life threatening conditions."

If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA or visit KSFY.COM and click on Health.

The Avera Bariatric Institute is holding a free seminar Thursday night January 6th from 7 to 8pm at the Prairie Center. It's a chance to learn about different weight loss surgical options, insurance coverage and to hear success stories. To register call Avera McKennan at 877-282-8372 or you can register online at www.AveraMcKennan.org

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