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Published on November 17, 2014

Losing weight, gaining good health

Medical Group of the Carolinas celebrates 500 weight loss patients 

Weight loss surgeons are constantly thanked for giving patients’ lives back. On November 13, nearly 500 weight-loss surgery patients celebrated life, weight loss and good health at the Bariatric Reunion. 

“You don’t realize how bad you feel until you feel good,” said weight-loss patient Scott Skinner, who was 500 pounds and has lost 270 pounds. 

About 12 million people in the United States are considered morbidly obese, meaning that they are more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40 (greater than or equal to 35 if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea). 

The Bariatric Reunion wasn’t just to celebrate losing weight but also to celebrate the good health that comes with it. The Medical Group of the Carolinas offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for both surgical and medical treatments for morbid obesity. Together, physicians and medical professionals work to improve the overall quality of life for patients and their families by providing the most complete, high quality medical, surgical and follow-up care possible. 

“Before my surgery, I was on 12 different medications for things such as blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety and sleep apnea. I could hardly walk and had both knees replaced,” said weight-loss patient Wanda Winn, who lost 170 pounds. “Since the surgery, I haven’t had arthritis and now I can do things like be outside and cut my grass.”

Although diet and exercise are appropriate means of weight control among those who are mildly to moderately overweight, these methods are generally ineffective for the morbidly obese. For those who are morbidly obese, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend that surgery is often the best choice.

“I started at 330 pounds and I have lost 145 pounds. I can’t say enough about Dr. Ross and his staff,” said weight loss patient Patrick Wolf. “I had tried every diet and it didn’t work. I didn’t go to the gym, because I was embarrassed and couldn’t make it five minutes on the treadmill. I also had problems on the steps. Now, I feel great and I have so much energy. I was a border-line diabetic and now I have so much energy and go to the gym five days a week.”

Skinner says his weight loss surgery completely changed his life. Prior to his surgery, he was on three different pain medications for his back and knees, and he wasn’t able to do activities he enjoyed.

“Before, I would get worn out just walking through the grocery store,” Skinner said. “Now, I’m able to play with my kids again and do everything I want to do. I’m a big deer hunter and before, I couldn’t walk through the woods or climb a tree.”

Since his surgery, he stays away from sweets, carbonated drinks and tries to stay active.

Medical Group Carolina’s Weight Loss program currently performs comprehensive metabolic and weight loss procedures including:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Lap-Band®

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Medical Procedures

Medical Weight Loss

For more information on weight loss surgery with Medical Group of the Carolinas, call 864-560-7070.

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