The Weight Is Over 2012 (1 of 3) - Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss

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>> Tonight--
>> Bob Wormuth: I've always had trouble with my weight my whole life.
>> Lisa Wormuth: All the other kids were skinny and I was one of the few that wasn't. I started
gaining weight probably the year I graduated from college.
>> An abc27 special presentation.
>> Bob Wormuth: We knew we were both heavy.
>> Lisa Wormuth: You look at it as alright, I'm destined to be heavy for the rest of my
>> Carol Ann Zahedi: When my son died, I started using food for comfort a lot and before I
knew it I weighed 215.
>> Penn State Hershey's Surgical Weight Loss presents: The Weight is Over: Exploring Surgical
Weight Loss brought to you by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
>> Chuck Rhodes: Good Evening. I'm Chuck Rhodes. Obesity in the United States has become a
serious problem. According to the CDC, the number of overweight children had doubled
since 1980 and tripled among adolescents. Now, about 60 million adults in the United
States are obese. Tonight, beginning with Debra Pinkerton, in the abc27, call center
with one patient's story.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Thanks Chuck. A Lackawanna County couple tried diet after diet, a temporary
fix for a short time. But Bob and Lisa Wormuth wanted a change that would last a lifetime.
Lisa and Bob Wormuth take advantage of warm, sunny days ideal for walking, ideal for staying
in shape.
>> Bob Wormuth: Two years ago, I wouldn't even have been able to walk across it. [Laughter]
>> Debra Pinkerton: Bob and Lisa laugh about that now, but it wasn't funny two years ago.
>> Bob Wormuth: We knew we were both heavy. I was 330 pounds. That was the highest I was
in my whole time.
>> Lisa Wormuth: I was about 240 when we had our second son.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Bob and Lisa struggled with weight since childhood.
>> Lisa Wormuth: I have a picture of me when I was maybe three years old standing on a
washtub in my grandmother's yard in this little orange pink bikini. And the bikini was so
tiny and I was just so far out of it.
>> Bob Wormuth: I was about say like 10 years old. I wanted to go play football. I wanted
to go and my dad brought me, weighed in. I was like 110 pounds and the weight was like
>> Debra Pinkerton: The pounds added up as Bob and Lisa grew up.
>> Bob Wormuth: When I was a freshman in high school and I just remember this from memory
--I was like 210 pounds.
>> Lisa Wormuth: You go to college. They say you put on the freshman 15. It's more like
the freshman 50 because you're not eating right. You're either eating you know pizza,
or Chinese food, trying to get to class.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Weight was an issue when Bob and Lisa met and married.
>> Lisa Wormuth: We have our wedding picture and it's a nasty picture. We were both just
overweight and bulging. The tuxedo I was in was like tight and you know bulging.
>> Lisa Wormuth: A couple years after we got married we had our first son. I was about
225 when I had him.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Together they tried diet after diet, but nothing worked.
>> Lisa Wormuth: You look at it as,lright, I'm destined to be heavy for the rest of my
life. You don't realize that no, it's not the way it has to be.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Destined to be heavy with health problems developing.
>> Bob Wormuth: I had back problems, my back had gone out and I was having problems. I
was on a medication for my back for muscle aches. I had acid reflux, so I was on a medication
for that. I had high cholesterol; I was on a medication for that. I had also developed
sleep apnea.
>> Lisa Wormuth: I had high blood pressure. I was on a diuretic. I was on a joint medication
and an anti-depressant.
>> Bob Wormuth: I hit 40 and when my dad was alive what he would say is it's like somebody
flipped a switch. And everything went-- kind of snowballed. One of my heroes from golfing
is John Daly. And I saw that he had gotten a surgery done and he was starting to lose
>> Lisa Wormuth: The more he talked about it, the more then I started to think about
it. And I said you know what, I think he's on to something here. And then I started to
research it.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Their family doctor recommended Penn State Hershey's Surgical Weight Loss
>> But, when they first came in you could tell that they knew what their problems were.
They didn't exercise. Their portions were very, very large and they just were not eating
the way they should eat and they knew that.
>> Lisa Wormuth: Typical Friday night meal- two extra large round pies with about four
toppings a piece on, two orders of wings and three hoagies. Okay, there's four of us in
the house. One of us is a toddler. Guess what, there were no leftovers come morning.
>> Debra Pinkerton: In order to break those habits Bob and Lisa need to undergo a six
month program before surgery.
>> We consider the six months as a supervised weight management. So, what we do in those
first six months is we would anticipate that they would lose weight, they would start to
exercise, they will journal their food intake.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Bob and Lisa did all of the above, but more importantly they gained
their son's approval.
>> Lisa Wormuth: Just watching our teenage son, he was so proud of us that this is what
we were going to do. Because he always used to tell me, why can't you look like the other
mothers? Because so many moms would be skinny, I would be one of the heavier moms. He didn't
realize it at the time, that how much that bothered me.
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>> Lisa Wormuth: Sorry. But he was super excited that I was going to look like one of the other
>> Debra Pinkerton: Bob and Lisa were excited too. They chose to have gastric bypass surgery
on the same day. Lisa went first.
>> Dr. Ann Rogers: It's called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and what that is is an operation where
you make a small pouch, which is the upper part of the stomach separated from the larger
lower part of the stomach and then a loop of intestine is hooked up to the pouch. So,
food takes a different route. It bypasses the stomach and the first part of the intestine.
So, nothing is removed, but it's a rearrangement.
>> Bob Wormuth: I was worried for my wife, because she went in first. Dr. Rogers was
very consoling and comforting to me. And she said you know Lisa did fantastic. She went
through the surgery great. And I said okay, I'm really nervous about this. I said, I hope
this works and I just-- she said you'll do fine. You'll be great at this. And it was
a time-- it was a change and it was something new. It was the start of a new life for both
of us. And it was really a good thing, one of those things you never forget.
>> Deb Pinkerton: It was a new beginning that began the day after surgery.
>> Lisa Wormuth: After the first week you started to see the weight loss come off. In
the first month it was drastic. And then it just kept coming off and coming off.
>> Bob Wormuth: It's a strenuous process but you do it and you follow it up, follow the
book, follow the program. And that's what got us through.
>> Lisa Wormuth: I'm down a total of about 105 pounds altogether. So I went from a size
22 to a 2.
>> Bob Wormuth: I went from a size 48 and a 3X shirt to a large shirt and a size 36
pants. And it's fun to shop now. If I could find a pond around I'd dump you in it. [Laughter]
>> Deb Pinkerton: Bob and Lisa smile and laugh and now they really mean it.
>> Bob Wormuth: We had each other and that was a, that was great. That was the best part
of all is we did this together. We did the journey together.
>> Deb Pinkerton: And those are tears of joy. Bob and Lisa say the journey was wonderful
because they fell in love all over again. Both are very active. Bob recently ran a half
marathon. Chuck.
>> Chuck Rhodes: Let me tellyou, Debra that's a remarkable story and the fact that they
did both of those on the same day. Joining me now on the set is Dr. Ann Rogers who did
both those surgeries back to back and the first thing I want to ask is that unheard
of to have husband and wife back to back like that?
>> Dr. Rogers: It's not unheard of. I've done a couple of couples who have insisted on having
surgery on the same day and I've done an occasional mother and daughter. In general we discourage
patients having the surgery on the same day so that one will be ready to care for the
other afterwards, but they were really determined to do everything together.
>> Chuck Rhodes: It takes a lot of planning.
>> Dr. Rogers: It sure does.
>> Chuck Rhodes: Now, each of these couples they had gastric bypass but what are the other
types of bariatric surgeries available?
>> Dr. Rogers: Well, gastric bypass is the most common operation for weight in the world
and it's certainly most of what I do. We also offer an operation called vertical sleeve
gastrectomy, which is similar to the bypass. There is the adjustable gastric band available
and another operation called the duodenal switch procedure.
>> Chuck Rhodes: Okay, now how do you help a patient decide which is the best option?
>> Dr. Rogers: We ask our patients to come in with an open mind. Some patients come in
thinking I just have to have X operation. And we ask them to listen to everything we
have to teach them about the different operations and then when they meet with the surgeon we
talk it over and look at their eating patterns, their lifestyle patterns, their medical problems
and we try to pick an operation that will be best for them.
>> Chuck Rhodes: What about risks and safety? Talk about that for these kinds of surgeries.
>> Dr. Rogers: There are a lot of misconceptions about risk with bariatric surgery and people
like to tell horror stories. But the truth is the bariatric surgery is now the most common
elective operation in academic medical centers. It's also safer than gallbladder surgery.
People don't know that.
>> Chris Rhodes: What do you say to people who say, oh there's a quick fix. Let's go
for that.
>> Dr. Rogers: No way is it a quick fix. Anybody who has to go through six months of school
to get an operation, they're very committed and they take a lot of time.
>> Chris Rhodes: You can see where you talked to the two of them how excited they are about
that. So, let's check in now with Debra Pinkerton and the abc27 call center. Debra, it looks
like they're busy over there.
>> Debra Pinkerton: They are very busy. It looks like everyone is on the phone. Now,
the number to call is 717-346-3333. Here to answer our viewer questions is registered
dietician Jackie Van Arsdale. Thanks for joining us. Here is the first viewer question. I'm
44 years old, 6 foot 1 and weigh 270 pounds. I've been a diabetic for 15 years and have
blood pressure and high cholesterol. I've tried diets over the years, but I've had no
luck. I recently lost my job due to taking insulin. I can no longer pass a D.O.T. physical.
Would I qualify for weight loss surgery?
>> Jackie Van Arsdale: You may qualify. Viewers who want to find out if they qualify can go
online at our website and enter their height and weight into what's called a BMI calculator.
If your BMI is greater than 40 you would qualify. For you your BMI is 35.6. And along with diabetes
you would qualify. Many of our patients who have diabetes see a great improvement after
surgery and are able to come off of their insulin shortly afterwards.
>> Debra Pinkerton: Okay, thanks so much Jackie, appreciate that.