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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Information Dissection: What is Gastric Bypass and Lap Band Surgery?

To help with weight loss, many overweight people elect to have weight loss surgery.  This type of surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, includes a variety of different procedures.  Each procedure is intended for different people with different circumstances.  For instance, gastric bypass surgery may be good for one person and not for another.  The same goes for lap band surgery and other weight loss surgical procedures.

After meeting with a primary care physician and surgeon, you discover which type of surgery is best for you.  Doctors look at different factors including present health, past health, genetics and body type.  To help you understand each procedure, we're going to define each briefly.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

This is when the stomach is partitioned, or divided, and the small intestine is rerouted and shortened to complement the stomach's new character.  This is the most effective and long-term solution to morbid obesity and is incredibly popular in the United States.  Due to the smaller stomach size, patients become less hungry and fuller faster.  They're physically unable to eat as much as before the surgery because their stomach is smaller.

Image of: type of gastric bypass surgery performed in Oklahoma City by Summit Medical Center

There are different forms of gastric bypass surgery, but they all have the same mission: make the part of the stomach that processes food smaller and reroute/shorten the small intestine appropriately.  The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RNY) is one of the most popular forms.

Lap Band Surgery

Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the small intestine doesn't play a part in the procedure.  In fact, all parts of the stomach are left in their original form.  Instead of dividing the stomach into a small section to reduce hunger and food consumption, an inflatable silicone band is attached laparoscopically (with small incisions and instruments) around the top section of the stomach.  Although it resembles a small metal clamp in the picture below, it's actually much gentler than that.

Image of: type of lap band surgery performed in Oklahoma City by Summit Medical Center

By loosening and tightening the band, your surgeon can control how restrictive the band is and how hungry you get.  The lap band surgery in Oklahoma City at Summit Medical Center ensures that the band is attached with the right amount of tightness initially.  Based on your body type and health, we determine what's best for you.

If you're interested in discussing gastric bypass surgery or lap band surgery with a professional, contact Summit Medical Center online or call 405-359-2400 today.


A Short Guide to Preparing for Surgery

Whether you're having elective surgery or surgery strongly suggested by doctors to maintain your health, you always have to prepare. 

However, there's a right way and wrong way.

The wrong way is not thinking about the surgery until the day of.  Some people actually believe this "non-preparation" is the best kind of preparation.  Though avoiding thoughts of the surgery seems ideal, avoiding real life situations increases stress and prolongs the healing process. 

When you choose to actually prepare for surgery, you accept the surgery and open yourself up to the consequences and side-effects.  Being conscience of these allows you to take necessary actions before and after surgery.

Month Before Your Surgery

A month before is the latest you should start preparing mentally and physically for surgery.

You'll be tempted to think, "It's far away enough to not think about it now."  But this is not a healthy way of thinking.  You have to prepare physically and mentally a good while before surgery if you want your surgery to be a true success.  In addition to getting surgical results, you also need to concentrate on yourself.

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself mentally:

  • Read literature written by people who've undergone the same type of surgery and by doctors who perform the surgery.
  • Do imagery exercises to reduce stress and anxiety.  Programs like "Preparing for Surgery" are very beneficial.
  • Maintain an open conversation about future events between you and your doctor and family.

Here are some ways you can prepare yourself physically:

  • If you're in pain, consider pain management.
  • Practice yoga, stretching and similar exercises to reduce stress and improve physical health
  • Eat right.  Find health diet plans or fight the urge to binge eat because of stress and ruin your current health diet.

Week Before Your Surgery

Continue everything you did a month before mentioned above. 

A week before, or even earlier, is a good time to take off from your job if possible and take it easy.  However, if your work takes your mind away from anxious thoughts, it may be in your best interest to keep working until a few days prior to surgery.

With someone's help, go shopping for things you'll need after surgery.  Your favorite beverages, movies, music, frozen treats, etc.  This is your time to splurge!  Since you're putting yourself through a lot, it's necessary to treat yourself.  This will lift your spirit and give you something to look forward to. 

Whether you're having bariatric surgery or neurosurgery, it's important to remain positive the week prior.  Some studies show that a positive attitude decreases stress, increases immunity and, consequently, quickens the healing process.

Day Before Your Surgery

Spend time with your family and friends and, like before, continue practicing what you've been doing since the month before surgery.  Focus on targeting any negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones.

Most importantly, remember why you're having the surgery: to create a better life for yourself.  That's something to feel optimistic and good about!

If you live in Oklahoma and are looking for great elective and general surgeons in Oklahoma City, contact Summit Medical Center today.  Call 405-359-9186 or contact us online.


Monday, July 1, 2013

American Medical Association Enhances Pain Management Training Program

After the American Medical Association (AMA) received a grant from the Prescribers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapy (PCSS-O), the association revamped their education program for pain management.

Since opioids and prescription pain relievers began being mass produced in the United States, there have been many cases of substance abuse and dependence.  The online education program for pain management created by the AMA is dedicated to lessening this number by offering valuable education to new and experienced physicians.  What's great about the pain management training is that it's accessible online and divided into 12 modules.  Each module covers a different topic related to paint management.

Some of the modules include:

  • Assessing & Treating Pain in Patients with Substance Abuse Concern
  • Assessing and Treating Neuropathic Pain
  • Pharmacotherapy for Cancer Pain
In addition to these, there are 9 other online classes that deal with specific topics.  Currently, the price for each class is only six dollars.  After completion of a class, physicians receive credits through the AMA and non-physicians receive of certificate of participation.  Registering is easy and, best of all, you don't have to be a licensed physician.  This is comprehensive education for everyone!

According to the press release by the AMA regarding their new pain management education, "Misuse, abuse, addiction and unintentional poisonings from prescription opioids are a serious public health problem, and at the same time, a great deal of human pain and suffering remains inadequately treated."

The press release also states that around 100 million American suffer from chronic pain.  That's about a third of the country's population. 

With updated information on best practices for treating pain, it's highly probable that this number will eventually decrease.  In many cases, the competency of the physician is not the issue when dealing with pain management.  What makes pain management hard is staying updated on new medication, therapy and best practices for managing pain of a specific sort.

At Summit Med Center, our pain management physicians are kept up to date on the latest and best treatment methods for various types of diseases, disorders and sicknesses.  If you're experiencing any pain at all, our pain management physicians in Oklahoma will put you on the best track for safe, effective relief.