Diet Doctor Podcast #74 — Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery has evolved from a last resort intervention with a high risk of severe complications to a low-risk procedure. It is relatively safe and effective for patients who want to lose weight, improve diabetes, and reverse metabolic disease.

Drs. Ariel Ortiz and Meredith Sweeney help us explore this evolution in weight loss surgery. We discuss what this means for you if you are considering surgery. Plus, once you’ve had surgery, the journey doesn’t end there. We discuss the role of nutrition, intermittent fasting, and overall behavior change for long-term success.

We also hear from Karlijn Burridge, a physician assistant specializing in behavioral treatments of obesity. We discuss what she sees as the main barriers to weight loss and her best tips for overcoming those barriers. We also touch on the role of weight-loss medications.

Throughout this episode, we explore the whole landscape of the roles of nutrition, exercise, medications, surgery, and other interventions to help treat obesity and metabolic disease. Have you or a loved one had or are considering having weight loss surgery? If so, this episode is for you.

Thanks for reading,
Bret Scher, MD FACC

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Table of contents


00:00  Introduction
01:39  Dr. Ariel Ortiz, MD
02:26  The development of weight loss surgery in 25 years
15:00  The interplay among surgery, lifestyle and medication
20:50  How to decide the type of surgery to proceed
26:57  The future of weight loss surgery
30:38  Dr. Meredith Sweeney, MD
31:24  The transformation of weight loss surgery
38:08  Dr. Sweeney’s approach to support patients post-surgery
45:14  Efficacy of a surgery for metabolic health
47:20  The future of weight loss surgery according to Dr. Sweeney
50:42  Karlijn Burridge, PA-C
51:31  Patients’ challenges with weight loss surgery
58:56  Educating patients about the different options for weight loss
1:06:55 Incorporating physical activities as part of the program
1:09:36 Conclusion

About the video

Virtual podcast recorded in April 2021, published in June 2021.
Host: Dr. Bret Scher
Producer: Hari Dewang

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