Sacred Heart Hospital to open new medical and surgical weight loss clinic

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is opening a new medical and surgical weight loss clinic. A local woman selected for bariatric surgery at the clinic says the program will help her live a healthier life.

Lisa Houff of Chippewa Falls says she takes more than a dozen prescribed pills to help with various health issues caused by her obesity. "I’m diabetic, I have high blood pressure, my cholesteral is high, I eat all the wrong foods. I take a lot of pills," she says.

Houff, who works in health care, takes expensive medications to ease pain that often makes it difficult for her to breath, sleep, and walk. After seven knee surgeries, Houff needs another. "I am complete bone on bone in my left knee," she says.

Doctors say she doesn’t qualify for the procedure she needs because of her weight. “I went to my knee surgeon and he referred me to another doctor so I went and saw him and of course because of my age and weight, I don’t qualify.”

Doctors told Houff, the extra weight is putting stress on her knees. She was told that she would need to lose 60 pounds in order to have her knee surgery and was referred to bariatric surgeon, Brandon Andrew, M.D.

Dr. Andrew is the director at the new Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Clinic at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. After meeting with Dr. Andrew, and foregoing a selective application process, Houff was chosen as a candidate for surgical weight loss. “Right away he said, “I can do your bariatric surgery. You qualify…That got me thinking and that got me going,” said Lisa.

She is now preparing herself for bariatric surgery, which Dr. Andrew says has proven long-term effectiveness for weight loss, resolution of diabetes, high blood pressure and other obesity related conditions, which are concerns Houff has struggled with throughout her life.

"Our plan is to go through a six month program of supervised dieting and exercise after which we will do a gastric sleeve surgery for her”, said Dr. Andrew. The program could potentially help Houff lose up to 70% of her excess body weight. The clinic offers a team of dietitians, physical therapists, psychological evaluators who work together to help patients, like Lisa prepare for surgery.

Dr. Andrew says after the weight loss, Lisa will no longer need many of the prescription pills she takes. Lisa is expected to lose close to 100 pounds after recovery, but she says this journey is about much more than improving her appearance. "My motivation is my daughter. She is graduating high school this year…and I want to be here for her when she gets married, I want to be a grandma someday. I am truly excited and we're going to work on this together," said Houff.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the clinic is scheduled for January 10 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital. Free information sessions are offered monthly at the hospital for anyone interested in learning more about surgical weight loss services. The next session is January 10 at 6 p.m. in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium.



EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM HSHS SACRED HEART HOSPITAL)-- An estimated 300,000 people in the United States will die prematurely every year because of obesity-related health complications.

This statistic has been calculated by the Trust for America’s Health which also says 31% of people in Wisconsin are considered obese, the 23rd highest in the nation.

Doctors at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Evergreen Surgical recognize that for some, achieving a healthy weight may mean more than just exercise and a change in diet. To help those who are ready for a lasting lifestyle change, the Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Clinic, located at Sacred Heart Hospital, has opened.

For people who have struggled to reach a healthy body mass index (BMI) through diet, exercise or medical therapy, bariatric surgery – which has proven effective at causing long-term weight loss, lengthening of life and reducing the burden of diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases – might be the tool they need to live a healthier life.

Led by bariatric surgeon and medical director, Brandon Andrew, M.D., the clinic offers advanced medical and surgical weight loss solutions and a full complement of support services to help people in their weight loss journey.

"Bariatric surgery has proven long-term effectiveness for weight loss, resolution of diabetes, high blood pressure and other obesity related conditions and improved life-expectancy,” said Dr. Andrew. “I’m excited to partner with HSHS Sacred Heart to offer this life-changing service to patients in our community."

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the clinic is scheduled for January 10 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.

By the Numbers (according to the Trust for America’s Health):

*Nationally 38% of adults are obese = 1/3 of the adult population
*Rates are higher among women and women are two times as likely to be considered morbidly obese
*Projected cases in Wisconsin, by 2030, as related to obesity:
• 708,716 people with diabetes
• 347,847 people with heart disease
• 1.47 million people with hypertension
• 958,720 people with arthritis
• 223,559 people with obesity-related cancer

Free information sessions are offered monthly at Sacred Heart Hospital for anyone interested in learning more about surgical weight loss services. The next session is January 10 at 6 p.m. in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium. For more information, contact Evergreen Surgical at 715-832-1044.



 
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