Free Session Focuses on Bariatric Surgery

Procedure Helps Obese Lose Weight, Eliminate Need for Certain Medications

Bariatric surgery can do a lot more than shrink your waistline – it can also substantially improve your health and help people get off medications for high blood pressure and diabetes.

Surgeons from Midwest Bariatric Solutions perform bariatric surgery at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, the only Fox Cities hospital to offer the procedure. Theda Clark’s bariatric program is accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  The surgeons from this leading program are coming to Shawano to discuss this treatment.

Recent studies have shown bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for type II diabetes and other diseases related to obesity, including high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Ninety-two percent of patients from Theda Clark’s program with type 2 diabetes no longer needed medication 24 months after surgery, which is higher than the national average of 83 percent. In addition, patients also saw a decline in sleep apnea (93 percent), the need for high blood pressure medication (72 percent), and reflux (92 percent).

A free informational session about bariatric surgery will be held from 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 10, at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano.

To register online for the free bariatric surgery information class, go to www.thedacare.org or call ThedaCare On Call at (920) 830-6877 or (800) 236-2236.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.