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    Forrest General offers FREE Weight Loss Surgery Seminar and Support Group

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (April 14, 2015) Forrest General’s Weight Loss Surgery Services is hosting a FREE community education seminar on weight loss surgery. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Forrest General’s Elm Room. Information will be provided by local physicians on the different types of weight loss surgery. Participants must attend the FREE seminar to receive an application packet for the surgery.

    Under the direction of Hattiesburg Clinic physician William Whitehead, M.D., Forrest General offers bariatric services for patients who are overweight. Bariatric surgery changes the anatomy of your digestive system to limit the amount of food you can eat and digest. The surgery aids in weight loss and lowers the risk of medical problems associated with obesity including Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, cancer, Coronary Artery Disease and sleep apnea.

    “Our team is dedicated to our patients’ wellness and long-term success. We can help them safely reach their weight loss goals by monitoring their progress, regular follow ups and answering their questions. Bariatric weight loss surgery is definitely life changing, in a good way,” said Dr. Whitehead.

    Dr. Whitehead and his team offers the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and the Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery. These procedures can be completed using the laparascope which minimizes pain and significantly shortens your hospital stay.

    Roux-en-Y, also referred to as gastric bypass surgery, is one of the most frequently performed weight loss surgeries in the United States. The surgical weight loss procedure limits caloric intake and also helps decrease some of the hormones that stimulate appetite. The surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach and connects it to a portion of the small intestine. Additionally, gastric bypass surgery can be completed laparoscopically with smaller incisions, less blood loss, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.

    By decreasing the stomach size and bypassing a part of the intestines, gastric bypass surgery induces faster weight loss. Although the remainder of the stomach is not removed, through bypass, it can no longer act as a reservoir of excess food.

    The gastric bypass procedure has demonstrated added health benefits beyond weight loss as many patients also experience lower blood pressure, improvement in sleep apnea, acid reflux disease, diabetes control and joint pain.

    During sleeve gastrectomy surgery, the surgeon removes approximately 75 to 85 percent of the stomach, maintaining the remainder of the digestive tract. Sleeve gastrectomy procedures preserve the natural continuity between the esophagus, stomach and small intestine so nutrients, vitamins and minerals can be absorbed from food. The sleeve gastrectomy approach also guards against other possible complications such as ulcers, vitamin deficiencies and intestinal obstructions.

    Sleeve gastrectomy surgery can be performed laparoscopically. Patients who have laparoscopic gastric surgery typically experience reduced hospital stays, smaller incisions, less scarring and quicker recovery than traditional “open” procedures.

    “With a family history of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease I became very concerned about my own health. After having bariatric surgery I’ve lost 122 pounds and I’m feeling great! I have more energy, and I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. It was the best decision I could have made,” said Robin Strickland, who had the Roux-en-Y surgery at Forrest General.

    Am I a Candidate?

    A Weight Loss Support Group meeting will also be held on Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in Forrest General’s Oak Room. To learn more about this meeting or to register for the upcoming education seminar call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445

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    All media related inquiries should be directed to Beth Bunch, Media Coordinator, by email or phone at 601-288-1303.

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