|Tired of Being Overweight? Want to change that today? Part II
Article Date: Jan 14, 2013
Tired of Being Overweight? Want to change that today? Part II
I talked to you yesterday about the possible problems with weight loss surgery. I told you about an attorney who only handled families who had a loved one that died.
I talked about Dave Weindel, and then I started talking about Ron Malone. This is a continuation of that first article.
Her husband, Ron Malone had opted to get bariatric surgery. His wife didn’t feel good about it. She tried to talk her husband, out of the surgery.
"I said, 'Let's go. Let's just go.' And he said, 'Oh, I'll be OK, honey. You'll be so proud of me when I get out of here,' " Malone recalls.
Nora Malone met her husband when he was a naval officer stationed in the Philippines in 1973. They had three daughters. Their daughter. Liberty. says, "When they went to talk to the doctors, they came back thinking it was a good thing. You know, he'd get off his high blood pressure medicine, his diabetes medicine."
Malone had laparascopic gastric bypass surgery just before Thanksgiving 2003. "They said there's no risk," Nora Malone says. But days after the surgery, Ron Malone became very ill. Doctors told his family there was a leak - and operated again. He didn't improve.
Nora Malone recalls, "And I said, 'I think you have to do something, doctor.' And he said, 'Mrs. Malone, trust me, your husband is OK.' " On Dec. 9, 2003, Ron Malone died during his third surgery. The official cause of death: cardiac arrest. More accurately, Malone died from complications of gastric bypass surgery.
Dr. Harvey Sugerman says, "There is a risk of a leak following gastric bypass that can be fatal."
Dr. Sugerman is a retired bariatric surgeon and the president of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS). He says early diagnosis of a problem is the key.
"I think some doctors got into it without adequate training and experience and felt that they could do this," Dr. Sugerman says, "The ASBS is very concerned about deaths after obesity surgery."
Too late for Dave Weindel, whose wife no longer believes in the surgery. "I don't think it's worth it," Cathy Weindel says "It tears your family apart."
Like these stories, the other finding in the University of Washington study is that men are more likely to die than women. However, the study did find that if a patient survived more than a year after the surgery, then the benefits to their long-term health far outweigh the risks of the procedure.
So if you’re thinking about weight loss, firming those muscles, or just looking like you did a few years ago, don’t you think it might be a good idea to try something that is natural, non-invasive and does not involve major surgery? Call my office today and we’ll discuss our unique weight loss program.
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