CORDOVA, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Here in the Mid-South, a considerable part of our population is classified as either overweight or obese. Consequently, it’s no surprise that gastric bypass surgery is growing in popularity as a way to fight the fat.
The surgery shrinks the stomach to prevent weight gain and kick-start weight loss. Medical experts say the benefits exceed the cost of going under the knife.
We spoke to a local patient about his success story and his doctor.
“I ended up losing 97 pounds so far,” said Todd Johnson, a gastric bypass patient.
He tells Local 24 News that his surgery on April 16th was life-changing.
“I feel fantastic. Not only is my energy so much better, but also, and I think as important, is just my flexibility and ability to move in ways that my greater weight was not allowing me to do,” Johnson says.
On top of his new-found strength, Johnson says he no longer has high blood pressure or joint pain and his only negative “side effect” is having to buy some new clothes.
His doctor, Virginia Weaver says GP surgery has benefits beyond losing weight.
She said, “This is not cosmetic surgery. This is about life-saving changes and life-saving treatment for a patient.”
Candidates for the surgery must be around 100 pounds overweight. Doctors measure your body mass index, or BMI, which must be valued at 35 or higher.
Dr. Weaver has some advice for those who are unsure whether the surgery might be the best option for them.
She says, “Just come see us. Talk to a medical specialist or a surgical specialist, which is what we have here in our office, about your weight problems.”