Team Approach Contributes to Patients’ Success at the New Weight Management Center

November 10, 2008

When a person is struggling with obesity, losing a significant amount of weight – and keeping it off – can be very difficult. Yet, shedding those excess pounds can make a tremendous difference to overall health. That’s why patients at the Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center get the attention of a team of experts who are dedicated to giving them the care, education and support they need to lose weight successfully.

Why the Team Approach?

Sri Prakash Mokshagundam, MD, specialist in endocrinology, works with patients at the Center who are following the HMR Weight Management Program and those who are considering bariatric surgery. As he explained, “Obesity is a chronic disease with a very complex and poorly understood origin. A combination of genetics, behavior and environment plays a critical role in weight gain and difficulty with weight loss efforts. The integrated team approach involves a dietitian, exercise physiologist, psychiatrist, physician and, if the patient is considering bariatric surgery, the surgeon. Each one brings specific skills that are critical to the patient’s success.”

Evaluation is Key to Patient Success

The first step in the bariatric surgery process is to attend an informational seminar to learn more about the procedure and the lifestyle changes that are necessary for success. As Dr. Lankford explained, “Before I see them, patients interested in the new gastric band surgery are evaluated, educated and cleared by a team consisting of a nutritionist, psychiatrist and endocrinologist. That’s very important because not everyone who would like the surgery is a good candidate for it. We work together to determine whether or not surgery is the right option.” According to Dr. Mokshagundam, “We assess the individual before the procedure to determine other existing conditions that might benefit from weight loss, to identify barriers to success, and to find any psychosocial stressors that might affect weight loss outcome.”

Support Throughout the Process

After an individual has undergone the Realize™ procedure, a team of experts remains involved in the patient’s care. “For example,” said Dr. Lankford, “the first night following the surgery, the nutritionist begins working with the patient while still in the hospital. Patients also have access to the interactive Realize mySuccess™ online support program. The pre- and post-surgical support component is one reason I brought this particular surgery to Southern Indiana.” As Dr. Mokshagundam explained, “The team even includes personal weight-loss coaches to guide patients in losing weight, keeping it off and maintaining healthy nutrition.” He added, “Each individual needs emphasis on specific concerns. That is why the plan needs to be individualized.” “Before I see them, patients interested in the new gastric band surgery are evaluated, educated and cleared by a team consisting of a nutritionist, psychiatrist and endocrinologist. That’s very important because not everyone who would like the surgery is a good candidate for it. We work together to determine whether or not surgery is the right option for each patient.” Ashley Lankford, MD, FACS Board Certified General Surgeon Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center “A combination of genetics, behavior and environment plays a critical role in weight gain and difficulty with weight loss efforts. The team approach is the most effective way to manage obesity.” Sri Prakash Mokshagundam, MD Board Certified Endocrinologist Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial Team Approach Contributes to Patients’ Success at the New Weight Management Center A Little Means a Lot When you are significantly overweight, even a relatively small weight loss can make a big difference to your health. Many patients who have lost just 35 or 40 pounds have experienced a considerable improvement in blood pressure, and have lowered their cholesterol and blood sugar levels to the point where they no longer need many of their medications.

“Before I see them, patients interested in the new gastric band surgery are evaluated, educated and cleared by a team consisting of a nutritionist, psychiatrist and endocrinologist. That’s very important because not everyone who would like the surgery is a good candidate for it. We work together to determine whether or not surgery is the right option for each patient.”

Ashley Lankford, MD, FACS
Board Certified General Surgeon Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center

“A combination of genetics, behavior and environment plays a critical role in weight gain and difficulty with weight loss efforts. The team approach is the most effective way to manage obesity.”

Sri Prakash Mokshagundam, MD
Board Certified Endocrinologist Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Floyd Memorial

To Attend a Free Seminar Dr. Lankford presents free seminars on the Realize™ banding option one Tuesday evening and one Saturday morning each month. See Classes & Events. To register, call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or online at www.floydmemorial.com.