weight loss surgery

Surgery is a valuable weight loss option for people with obesity, says Dr. Howard Simon, the chief of bariatric surgery at Upstate University Hospital. He describes obesity as a complicated disease for which a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve operation may offer treatment.

Such surgeries are usually done in a minimally invasive way, and are part of a comprehensive approach to weight loss that involves counselors, nutritionists and others to help the patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

People who are obese are likely to have fast heart rates and after weight loss surgery, when concentrations of the hormone leptin drop, so does a person’s heart rate, says Rushikesh Shah, MD (who is completing his training in internal medicine at Upstate University Hospital). More on this "physiological compensatory change" and ways to help avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests and medical interventions.

Also this week: a special dance class for people with Parkinson's disease to improves balance, gait and strength and a program for those with a high risk for breast cancer.

This week: wilderness medicine and more

Apr 18, 2014

Practicing medicine in the wilderness means being able to anticipate problems and improvise solutions. Dr. Jeremy Joslin is with us this Sunday at 9 p.m. He's the director of the Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Fellowship program at Upstate Medical University.

Wilderness medicine requires "the ability to think on your feet and diagnose and treat people without various tests and studies and radiological procedures that you might have in a hospital," Joslin says.