Replay of: Gastric Bypass Surgery

First Seen Live Webcast: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 5:00pm (EST) (22:00 UTC)

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Pitt County Memorial Hospital

Greenville, NC- Surgeons at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) in Greenville, N.C. will performed a gastric bypass surgery to treat morbid obesity live, via webcast, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Dr. Kenneth G. MacDonald moderated the surgery, as Dr. William H. Chapman, III, and Dr. John R. Pender, IV, performed the procedure.

  Dr. Kenneth MacDonald Performs Gastric Bypass Surgery

“As more and more patients learn about the potential benefits of gastric bypass surgery, we hope that this webcast will encourage potential candidates to talk to their doctors about whether the procedure is appropriate for them” said MacDonald.

Gastric bypass, a type of bariatric surgery, is a non-reversible treatment option for morbidly obese patients. Individuals who weigh at least 100 pounds above their ideal body weight, have a body mass index of 35, and suffer from associated health problems – such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea and joint pain – are ideal candidates. Patients who have a body mass index of 40 with no associated health conditions also are considered to be candidates for the procedure.

Dr. John Pender and staff during Gastric Bypass Surgery

During the procedure, surgeons create a small stomach pouch with less than one ounce capacity. They then attach a portion of the small intestine to the pouch, leaving a small hole through which food can pass. After surgery, a patient will experience a full sensation after eating only a small amount of food and will stay full longer after a meal. Because the small hole between the pouch and small intestine prohibits food from exiting the stomach too quickly, patients experience less hunger between meals.

To Learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Program at PCMH CLICK HERE.

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