If you've struggled with weight loss, our bariatric specialists can help. Whether you're interested in gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or our non-surgical options, we provide quality care focusing on helping you achieve and maintain your weight loss goals. Being overweight can be harmful to your physical health - and it can also be detrimental to your overall quality of life. Our experienced team know exactly how to help, and are committed to your success.
Interested in learning more about weight loss options at Lake Cumberland? We invite you to attend one of our free informational bariatric seminars to learn more about the surgery process.
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The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Lake Cumberland offers continuous support to help each individual patient deal with the physical, emotional and social problems that may accompany the severely overweight person. Our program is implemented by a multidisciplinary medical team consisting of surgeons, anesthesiologists, psychologist, program coordinator, exercise specialists, dietitian, nursing staff and support staff. They work together to assess each patient's needs on an individual basis to help them achieve a healthier lifestyle.
When your weight is higher than what is considered to be healthy for your height, you are considered overweight or obese. The Body Mass Index (BMI) scale calculates and measures body fat based on your current weight and height. Calculate your BMI at right, using the imperial measurements.
For Patients with a BMI of 27-34: Non-Surgical Weight Loss is recommended through Lake Cumberland Medical Associates' APRN, Robin Goff. We empower individuals to achieve a healthy lifestyle through sustainable life-long changes in diet, physical activity and personal health management. Unlike other weight loss programs, we offer a medically supervised approach that is tailored to each individual need.
For Patients with a BMI of 35 or More: Surgical Weight Loss through Lake Cumberland Surgery Specialists, may be an option. Bariatric surgery can benefit obese and morbidly obese people or those with debilitating co-morbidities such as high blood pressure or diabetes who have been unable to lose weight through other methods.
Gastric Sleeve (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy): Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive type of procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach, thereby limiting food intake as well as the sensation of hunger. The smaller stomach size restricts the amount of food that can be eaten, so patients lose weight by eating fewer calories. This procedure also impacts the production of ghrelin.
Gastric Bypass (laparoscopic Roux-en Y): This is the most common type of bariatric surgery. During this type of precedure, part of the stomach is separated from the rest of the stomach and closed off with staples to create a smaller pouch, resulting in less calorie absorption. Patients also have a greater sense of satisfaction with less food. The surgery results in less production of ghrelin, a hormone that may be partly responsible for making you feel hungry.
Gastric Band Repairs or Removal: Our services do not currently include new gastric band surgeries, but we do repaire or remove previous lap band procedures.
You may be ready to begin your weight loss journey, but aren't yet ready to make a surgical step. Or, you may need a medically supervised weight loss program as part of the bariatric surgical counseling process. If so, we are happy to direct you to our non-surgical weight loss specialist, Robin Goff, APRN, or work with your regular PCP to identify a plan that most impacts your overall health.
Remember... Our team supports you through all of our programs with continued education and counseling before and after any procedures or weight loss plan. Our goal is to help you lose weight and enjoy your new life. But we cannot do this alone. Achieving success with the surgical or non-surgical weight loss program requires commitment, following a diet plan, exercising and following up with our physician and support staff on a regular basis. Our team will help you along the way in achieving your goals and making the lifestyle changes that can help guide you on your new journey.
Weight loss surgery can be a difficult subject to learn all at once. Below are some commonly asked questions and answers of typical patients:
|What kind of results can I expect?|
Each of the procedures available at Lake Cumberland are capable of delivering phenomenal results. Generally speaking, our clients will lose approximately 50 percent of their excess body weight during the first six to 12 months following treatment. In all cases, however, success is highly dependent on a client's adherence to the postoperative instructions and lifestyle changes suggested by our surgeons and staff.
|Will my insurance cover the cost?|
Although bariatric surgery is one of the only effective methods to lose weight and keep it off, not all insurance policies cover bariatric surgery. Our nurse navigator
|What is the recovery time for weight loss surgery?|
|Recovery time associated with bariatric surgery is generally minimal. Depending on the type of work, the majority of clients are able to return to work within one week following surgery. During the first two weeks post-op, clients may be asked to follow a strict liquid diet in order to allow the stomach to heal and then slowly progress from soft to solid foods.|
|When can I begin exercising after surgery?|
|Right away! To start, you will take easy, short walks while you are in the hospital. The key is to start slow. Listen to your body and your surgeon. If you lift weights or do sports, stay “low impact” for the first month.|
|Do most patients need to have plastic surgery, or skin removal surgery, after weight loss?|
|Some patients may choose to have plastic surgery after significant weight loss but this depends on many various factors.|
|If my insurance company will not pay for the surgery, can I pay for the surgery myself?|
|We do offer bariatric surgery for patients who would like to pay out-of-pocket. Please contact us directly for a quote.|
|What kinds of medications and/or vitamins will I need to take after surgery?|
|Many patients are able to stop using some medications such as those for diabetes or high blood-pressure if these health issues are directly related to their weight. It is recommended that bariatric surgery patients maintain a vitamin regiment indefinitely after their procedure.|