Dorothy after surgery
Dorothy before surgery
For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their improve their health.
For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.
About 800 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding weight.
One such success story is Dorothy, who has lost 112 pounds since her surgery in 2010.
Dorothy experienced some health issues in the summer of 2009 that scared her enough to rethink her weight loss options. Since her surgery she participated in the “Fight for Air” stair climb and prepped for a 5K run. She also credits her weight loss with helping her regain her self-confidence.
Dorothy says, “I love life! I just turned 50 on July 31 and I looked forward to it! I used to feel depressed and drained all the time. Now, even on a bad day at work or when something stressful happens, I seem to be able to cope better than I could before.”
Read her story in her own words below. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s easy to think, “Oh, I didn’t eat too much today,” until you actually start listing off everything you ingested.
That’s the thinking behind the need to log food intake. According to Angie Sebree, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, patients who log their eating habits have greater success at achieving their health and weight-loss goals.
“Writing down your daily food intake, even your exercise and how much fluid you drink, can help to increase awareness of behaviors,” Sebree said. “Awareness can be the first step in figuring out what needs improved and changed.”
Unfortunately, she admits, many of her patients don’t particularly love to log. They can see it as a daunting task, just another item on the to-do list they don’t have time for. Read the rest of this entry »
On Oct. 8, 2013, George Rudis began his day the way he always does—with a run at the Sacred Heart-Griffin track. For the 62-year-old Springfield native and lifelong athlete in training for a marathon, everything seemed normal.
“I got up like I do every day, got to the track and we ran our first mile as a warm up,” he said. “I went to check my watch, and, the next thing I knew, I woke up two days later in the hospital. I remember nothing beyond that.”
In the time in between — the time he doesn’t remember — George nearly died three times. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is a time of baseball, vacations, picnics, fireworks…and kidney stones. We bet that one doesn’t appear on anyone’s list of summer to-dos.
According to Tia Rapps, RN, urology nurse navigator at Memorial Medical Center, the reason summer is a risky time for kidney stones is the increased possibility of dehydration. Loss of fluid from sweating results in less urine production in the kidney. If urine becomes concentrated due to excessive sweating or not drinking enough fluid, this increases the chances that the minerals in the urine could stick together and form a stone rather than be flushed out of the kidney. Read the rest of this entry »
Each spring, millions of people resolve to be “beach-body ready” by summer. Unfortunately, summer has that tendency to sneak up on you, and by June, somehow those bikini abs have eluded us once again.
“In many of my patients, I see the weight loss happens slower than expected, or maybe not at all,” said Erin Spenner, registered dietitian with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center. “That’s disheartening and makes it hard to stay motivated.”
We don’t need to look like models—all that matters is that you feel good about yourself in the summertime and all other times of year. Here are three questions to ask yourself if you find your own progress has stalled. Read the rest of this entry »
Now’s the time to schedule school physicals. Dr. Maoxiim Tellez with Memorial Physician Services – Petersburg notes the main purpose of a school physical is to make sure children are growing in a healthy manner, both physically and mentally.
It’s also the law. Illinois requires school physicals for children in daycares, preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade. Weight and height are measured to ensure appropriate growth and to screen for obesity. If risk factors are present, a fasting blood sugar may be done to rule out diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »
Before receiving knee replacement surgery, Libby Rambach took advantage of Memorial Medical Center’s patient optimization program to improve her outcomes.
“Everything was tailored to what I wanted to do and what my outcomes were,” she explained in the video below. Read the rest of this entry »
Chronic wounds affect more than 5 million people throughout the nation. These wounds don’t heal like others do, lasting three months or longer—even years. A lot of these stem from vascular issues, related to the lower extremities. Some are related to diabetes or other arterial problems. Some are from pressure wounds, past surgeries or infections. There is a variety of reasons for chronic wound issues.
This condition is frightening, but there is hope. We spoke to Joel Wietfeldt, MD, specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery with Springfield Clinic and co-medical director for the Wound Healing Center at Memorial Medical Center, about chronic wounds and how to separate fact from fiction. Read the rest of this entry »
They are the big three irritants in an otherwise glorious time of year: sunburn, bug bites and the itchy rash associated with leaves of three, otherwise known as poison ivy. Dr. Avi Viswanathan with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill offers prevention tips as well as strategies on how best to deal with symptoms and discomfort in case your best preventative efforts fail. Read the rest of this entry »
So, you’ve done it. You’ve hit your big weight-loss goal. You’re sporting the jean size you wanted, you feel healthier and you’re proud of this huge accomplishment, as well you should be.
When you’ve spent time and energy working toward a goal, it’s exhilarating to finally get there. But what happens next? How do you maintain everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve
We spoke to the experts with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center to find out what gets in the way of continued success–and how to avoid giving up when the success stops coming. Read the rest of this entry »