WICHITA FALLS, TX– As the need for more screen time with our devices and hunger for fatty foods grow, so do our waistlines! Physical inactivity is becoming a growing issue in the United States.
Currently, Texas has the 14th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the seventh highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17 (StateofObesity.org).
Scary stats like these create a greater need for drastic measures like weight loss surgery. When when this becomes the best chance of survival, United Regional has a specific department dedicated to treating obese patients.
Christopher Finnell, MD. is a board certified bariatric surgeon at United Regional, and has been treating and operating on patients with obesity for the past 11 years. On average, Dr. Finnell says he sees 40 patients a week with obesity related health issues. This can be anything from joint pain to Diabetes, gallbladder issues, autoimmune disorders, even Cancer.
“The number one factor for cancer now is obesity,” says Dr. Finnell, “certainly we have lots of patients in our community…in our whole country, not just Wichita Falls who would benefit from weight loss surgery.”
At the bariatric services department of UR, Dr. Finnell says they conduct gastric bypass, sleeves gastrectomies, lap bands surgeries, and revised bariatric surgeries. They also have weight loss programs available for patients who may not qualify for surgery as well. Dr. Finnell says they like to reserve these high risk surgeries for obese patients with a BMI of 35 or greater. For a more in depth look at the bariatric services at UR, click here.
Dr. Finnell will speak at a weight loss seminar on January 29th called ‘Lose the Weight for Life’. It’s at The Wellington on 5200 Kell Blvd starting at 6:30 pm. He’ll discuss the advantages and alternatives to weight loss surgery and offer tips in keeping your weight down. You must RSVP by January 28th if you’re interested. It is free and open to the public!