Archbold Bariatric Program Sees Results
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States over the last 20 years.
And now, more than one-third of US adults are considered obese.
Obesity has surpassed smoking as the greatest health risk and is now considered the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Obesity-related health conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are some of the leading causes of death in our country.
In 2011, no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Georgia was ranked among 39 states with a prevalence of 25% or more, with 28% of Georgians considered as obese.
On average, a severely obese individual has a life expectancy of 10 years less than a person weighing within physician recommended guidelines.
In addition, personal out-of-pocket healthcare costs associated with obesity, like co-pays for prescriptions and doctor office visits and missed days of work attributed to obesity-related illness, can become a significant financial burden for employees and employers. Studies show obesity increases a person’s healthcare costs by 36% and medication costs by 105%, compared with people in a normal weight range.
A 2010 George Washington University School of Public Health and Policy study about the individual costs of being overweight and obese noted, “Average annualized costs, including value of lost life, are $8,365 for obese women and $6,518 for obese men.”
Simply put, obesity is common, serious and costly.
Last year, Archbold launched its Bariatric Weight Loss Program, a unique, comprehensive weight management and bariatric surgery program designed to help patients improve their overall health and enhance their quality of life.
“Just in its first year, the program has helped some patients achieve significant weight loss,” said Archbold bariatric surgeon John Cascone, MD. “More importantly, it has given our community another option for fighting the fight against the epidemic of obesity.”
John Mansberger, MD, said the program helps keep the important issue of obesity at the forefront in our community.
“The program is so important because obesity is now at epidemic levels,” said Mansberger. “Obesity is a leading risk factor in both heart disease and cancer, and it has become our number one issue in healthcare.”
Archbold’s Program features a range of personalized weight loss services and includes a surgical option, commonly referred to as Lap-Band.
Cascone said he and fellow bariatric surgeon Greg Patterson, MD, were motivated to begin Lap-Band surgery because of the increasing number of deaths related to obesity.
“Too many people will die early because of obesity,” said Cascone. “We have a responsibility to help them.”
Studies show that during one year, more than half Americans will go on some sort of diet to lose weight.
Archbold’s program is designed for people who have struggled with their weight, and despite multiple attempts at weight loss programs, have been unsuccessful.
“Anyone who has an obesity problem or just significant weight issues, particularly those associated with diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea may benefit from our program,” said Mansberger.
Cascone and Patterson say that with bariatric surgery, the most dramatic changes happen one year after surgery, and many patients enrolled in Archbold’s program are seeing just that—dramatic results.
“We are seeing people who have completely come off their medications for diabetes, hypertension and acid reflux,” said Patterson. “And, in general, they just feel better. They have more energy and fewer health problems.”
“Collectively our surgical patients have lost nearly 2,000 pounds,” said Patterson. “It’s an incredible transformation, not only in their appearance, but in their self-esteem and overall health.”
The Program’s multidisciplinary approach and essential support system has helped place patients in the most appropriate, individualized weight loss program offered at Archbold.
“Even if patients aren’t candidates for Lap-band, we address other avenues for weight loss and better nutrition,” said Mansberger.
The physicians say they’d like to see the program continue to grow.
“It's so important because obesity is killing our community, and as a healthcare system, we must attack this problem head on,” said Cascone. “Next year I’d like to see even more people enrolled in our program and even greater participation to achieve the general goal of a healthy community.”