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Interactive on-line seminar explains weight-loss surgery

For the Mirror

St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and Franciscan Health System will present a free, on-line seminar Oct. 12 about weight-loss surgery.

The presentation, scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will feature Dr. Myur Srikanth, a Puget Sound-area weight-loss surgeon, and Lynda Rider, a Franciscan registered nurse and educator.

Srikanthh and Rider will discuss weight-loss options, review patient qualifications for surgery and discuss the risk factors during the live, interactive Web seminar.

Obesity has dramatically increased in the United States over the past 20 years, affecting adults and children. The U.S. Centers of Disease Control estimates that 127 million Americans are overweight. Of those, 9 million are 100 pounds or more over their optimum weight, making them “morbidly obese.”

Being moderately to extremely overweight can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems that may shorten lives, health experts warn. Excess body weight also causes hip and joint problems, in addition to general physical discomfort.

According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and its accompanying medical problems are among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S.

“People can often reduce their weight and become healthier by following a physician-approved regimen that includes a nutritious diet and physical exercise,” said Rider.

For many overweight individuals, however, no combination of diet and exercise will result in significant, long-term weight loss, she cautioned.

“One treatment option for them is bariatric surgery, which is also known as weight-loss surgery,” Rider said.

There are several types of bariatric surgical procedures, each with the same goal: Decrease the stomach size, reroute the intestines and shrink food consumption.

Because of its growing popularity, many people have questions about this type of surgery, according to Franciscan officials. They said the Web seminar Oct. 12 will help with informed decisions about pursuing surgical weight loss.

St. Francis Hospital provides weight-loss surgery. The hospital also has the Northwest Center for Weight Management, which offers surgical and non-surgical therapies for obesity.

Franciscan Health System, St. Francis’ parent organization, also operates St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. a network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics and physicians, and a hospice and care center.

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