Before undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Janet Pieson was taking insulin and the maximum doses of two medications in an effort to control her type 2 diabetes.

At 270 pounds, the 58-year-old Anaheim resident was genuinely concerned about her future. “I have a long family history of the disease. Diet and exercise were not working well enough for me. I had to do something, so I talked to my doctor,” said Janet.

After consulting with Peter LePort, M.D., medical director of the MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Medical Center, Janet decided that gastric bypass was the right choice for her.

“Weight loss helps with diabetes and the gastric bypass procedure certainly accelerates that process,” says Dr. LePort. “Studies overwhelmingly show that weight-loss surgery helps reverse diabetes in obese patients. Even so, we don’t consider gastric bypass a ‘quick-fix cure.’ Instead, as the centerpiece of our weight-loss program supporting healthy lifestyle changes in eating and exercise, the procedure can cure diabetes and makes long-term success so much more achievable.”

Dramatic Results

Gastric bypass surgery is considered the “gold standard” of bariatric surgery. The procedure limits the size of the stomach so patients eat less and feel full sooner. Patients may lose – and keep off – 50 to 90 percent of their excess weight. Often, gastric bypass is performed to reduce the risk of weight-related disease states such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

For Janet, the transformation was remarkable both physically and emotionally. She lost 75 pounds, no longer needs insulin, and only takes one diabetes medication. “My doctor anticipates that I will be off my second medication in another month or so. I feel better and have more energy to do the things I love. It changed my life,” said Janet.

Center Of Excellence

The MemorialCare Surgical Weight Loss Center at Orange Coast Medical Center has been designated a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Under the expert leadership of Dr. LePort, the multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nutritionists and psychologists have successfully treated more than 11,000 patients in need of weight-loss surgeries.

“We are here to support patients every step of the way,” says Dr. LePort.

To consult with one of our surgical weight loss specialists, call 877-HEALTHY.