Dr. Mark Kadowaki and Dr. Andrew Kramer, surgeons who perform bariatric surgeries at Holston Valley Medical Center's Comprehensive Weight Management Center, have seen patients maintain healthier, more active lives after surgery.
By Katina Rose
Passionate, informative and compassionate are just a few characteristics that describe Dr. Mark Kadowaki and Dr. Andrew Kramer, surgeons who perform bariatric surgeries at Holston Valley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Weight Management Center. These surgeons are excited about the progress their patients make when it comes to life-altering experiences.
Their care has earned the center a Center of Excellence accreditation, awarded by The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The Center of Excellence program is awarded to facilities exhibiting proper preparation before surgery, experienced and trained medical staff, and adequate long-term follow-ups.
"We provide a complete comprehensive program for our patients, which distinguishes us from many other programs," Kadowaki said.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article citing the success of bariatric surgery versus conventional and intensive medical therapy in obese patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
"Patients do not need to be that obese to benefit from the surgery," Dr. Kramer said. "A person with a body mass of 30 to 35, which is moderate obesity, will experience successful results."
Dr. Kramer goes on to say he had gastric bypass surgery in 2004, due to his struggle with diabetes.
"My diabetes was gone within 48 hours. I left the hospital off of my diabetes medication and I’m still continuing to do well eight years later."
Extreme obesity is not the only reason Kadowaki and Kramer are treating patients. Kramer said, "We are not just treating people because they are heavy, we are treating their medical problems that result from being heavy."
Both physicians stress this is not a "cosmetic operation," but one that gives patients a healthier life, longer and free of many previous medical restrictions.
Many times, a patient previously taking eight medications a day may be reduced to one or no medications within a short amount of time.
"We are seeing more patients coming to surgery to improve their overall health," Dr. Kadowaki said. "The new studies by the New England Journal of Medicine prove what we have seen in our patients. People are going to be healthier and live longer because of the bariatric surgery results. They can come off of the medications they have been taking every day."
Bariatric surgery also can be a solution for patients who have been battling the weight gain caused by some diabetes medications. This surgery takes care of both the excess weight and the diabetes.
After surgery, Drs. Kadowaki and Kramer have seen patients maintain healthier, more active lives.
"Patients refer to their surgery as their birthday, because they start a new life after the procedure," said Dr. Kramer.
For more information on the Comprehensive Weight Management Center, please call 423-224-5699 or visit www.wellmont.org.
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