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Oklahoma Bariatric Clinic Introduces New Procedure

Duodenal Switch Adds to Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma’s Extensive Surgical Repertoire


Oklahoma City, OK (December 5, 2012) -The Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma, under the medical direction of Dr. Russell Gornichec has announced the addition of a new bariatric procedure to their surgical practice. Starting in the month of November, Dr. Russell Gornichec will be performing the laparoscopic duodenal switch procedure for qualifying patients suffering from obesity. The duodenal switch procedure can either be performed in a traditional laparoscopic manner or with the assistance of a robot.
The duodenal switch or DS, is a lesser known bariatric surgery that combines both restriction, limiting the amount of food a patient can eat, and malabsorption, limiting the number of calories that are absorbed into the bloodstream by the small intestine. As a result of this combination of weight loss vehicles, the duodenal switch can be very effective tool in the fight against obesity.
The duodenal switch is a complex, but effective, procedure that requires extensive surgical experience. As a leader in minimally invasive techniques in the Oklahoma City bariatric sphere, Dr. Gornichec and the Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma have added yet another option for prospective weight loss surgery patients who wish to combat obesity through surgical means. Weight loss surgery has been proven effective in helping patients improve or resolve their obesity and obesity related diseases over the long term. Indeed the duodenal switch, like other weight loss surgery procedures can improve or eliminate conditions such as type II diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure within weeks of surgery. Other conditions associated with obesity can include sleep apnea, limited mobility and osteoarthritis.
“We are very excited to offer the duodenal switch to qualifying patients,” says Dr. Gornichec, “it is the fifth primary weight loss surgery procedure that our facility offers and can be performed both in a traditional laparoscopic manner and robotically assisted with the da Vinci Surgical System set up at Deaconess Hospital.” For those interested in more information about the duodenal switch, Dr. Gornichec leads a free monthly information seminar. This meeting is held at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. A weight loss surgery seminar is not only very helpful in understanding the benefits and risks of the major bariatric procedures, but is also a requirement for patients before they attend their first consultation.
Continues Gornichec: “The duodenal switch is an exciting opportunity to offer an alternative to the gastric bypass procedure, which also combines malabsorptive and restrictive weight loss methods. We look forward to harnessing the great weight loss potential that the duodenal switch offers.”
Interested patients should speak to their surgical team to fully understand the benefits and risks of the procedure.

About Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma

Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma is one of the premier bariatric practices in Oklahoma City, establishing itself as a leader in innovative surgical treatment of obesity. Dr. Russell Gornichec, the medical director of WLCOK was the first surgeon to perform a robotically assisted bariatric procedure in the state of Oklahoma. With the addition of the duodenal switch, Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma has added yet another option in the fight against excess weight. Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma also offers a comprehensive physician-supervised medical weight loss program for those who do not qualify for bariatric surgery.



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