Infosession Part One

Hello and congratulations on considering a surgical weight loss procedure to help you lose the weight and improve your health.  Please watch the following 10 brief videos to learn about all your options!  At the end of each video section there is a link to take you to the next one in the series!

Sincerely,

Dr. Trace Curry

Section 1: Video 1/10 – Our Team

Section 1: Video 2/10 – Body Mass Index

Section 1: Video 3/10 – Comorbidities

62 thoughts on “Infosession Part One

  1. Hi Dr. Curry, I had the gastric sleeve on 12-28-2012. I’ve gain practically all of the 50 pounds that I lost. Will I qualify for a re- sleeve surgery? What are my options other than pills and gastric by-pass? If gastric by-pass is necessary, what are the risk? Thank you for responding.

    1. Hi Mary – gastric bypass would probably be your best option at this point. The risks of a bypass are pretty much the same as for sleeve, that is a staple line leak is the main one we worry about.

      Dr. C

  2. My husband had the sleeve procedure in August of 2012. He lost originally 130 lbs and has but about 30-40 of that back on in 4 years. What would he be eligible for in a way of getting back to where he was.

    1. It’s important to get on top of any weight gain before it becomes a problem. Most likely one of our medical weight loss options would be best – just fill out an appointment request and someone will get back to you.

      Dr. Curry

  3. Hello!
    I had a Lap-Band installed April 2012 in Kenwood ‘Jewish Hospital’

    I have not had any ill-effects, no erosion or any complications.
    I just need a ‘fill’, but the Dr who does that at that location, requires an Upper GI before he would entertain doing this.
    My insurance will not cover that, as it’s an ‘Elective’ and not a ‘Must-do’ procedure, and I cannot pay out of pocket for that.
    I CAN pay out of pocket for a single visit and a fill.

    Does your office offer this, without those tests first?

    1. Hi there, unfortunately we do require an upper GI to take a band patient on for aftercare, but we can do them right in the office which is a lot more affordable than going to a hospital.

      Dr. Curry

  4. Interested in ReShape or Opera procedure but currently in 3rd trimester of my 3rd pregnancy and having my 3rd C-section in November. Had been discussing medical weight loss with my PCP prior to this pregnancy. How long should I wait following my c-section before I pursue this procedure?

  5. On pre-diet for upcoming gastric sleeve and I am so hungry I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to cheat. Been doing it for two weeks but still have two more weeks to go.

    1. Hi Vickie this is a tough time to get through for some folks, give the dietitians a call at 513-559-1222 and they can give you some guidance.

      Dr. Curry

  6. Dr. C

    I am 56 years old and about 140 pounds overweight. I have MS, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, high cholesterol, and I need help. I have so many battles and I know my weight is an added problem to this. Is surgery a possibility for me or would starting on a strict weight loss plan be more beneficial?

    1. It depends on a lot of different factors, but MS itself is not necessarily a deal-breaker for surgical weight loss. I’d recommend calling 513-259-2555 and ask to talk to Marcy, she’s an expert at helping people choose the right program.

      Dr. Curry

  7. I had gastric bypass surgery about 20 years ago. I lost about 80 lbs. but regained every bit back. I was not given much post op info for long lasting success. Was never seen by a nutritionist etc…… Do you do revisions? I understand an UGI is required. I am a retired RN due to disability. I guess it was assumed that I had knowledge for the surgery. Prior to the bypass I had plication, started at 315 now am 268. I had been taking incorrect form of vitamins all these years so I do have osteoporosis. This was an eye opener needless to say. Currently have been using bariatric shakes for meal replacement (20 gm protein content) 2 to 3 times a day and a small meal in evening. Drinking tons of water, no Soda now. No liquid with meals. Have lost 14 lbs in about a month.

  8. Is the Overstitch Procedure a possibility for a DS patient? The DS was done 9 years ago with 100 lbs weight loss but 50 gained back in the last 2 years.

    1. It may be possible but would depend on the exact anatomy. Dr. Pitt has the most experience with Overstitch in our practice I would recommend setting up a consult with him.

      Dr. Curry

  9. I know I have a moderate size hiatal hernia and wondering does that exclude me for a gastric balloon? My BMI is 33 and have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea. I need a “kick start” for weight loss.

    1. Most “moderate” sized hiatal hernias are ok for balloon but it would depend on actual size of the hernia when we survey the stomach prior to placing the balloon.

      Dr. C

  10. Hi Dr. Curry, both my sister and I are considering the gastric sleeve surgery and we were wondering what the absolute minimum age you require to do the surgery is.

    1. Hi there,
      There are separate Center of Excellence certifications for adults and adolescent/pediatric. We are only an adult center, so patients must be over 18. For patients under 18, Dr. Tom Inge at Cincinnati Children’s is an excellent bariatric surgery and I would highly recommend him.

      Dr. Curry

  11. Hi Dr. Curry,
    I had the “Realize” Lap Band placed 01/30/2015 in Columbus, OH and lost about 55 lbs. down from 230. I am 5’3′ and 61 yrs young with no health issues. After several fills and about 9 months into the Lap Band I began to have acid reflux, night cough, and would experience vomiting after a meal. Several additional office visits and “3” XR FLUORO UPPER GI TRACT + KUB tests to date have indicated a lap band slip; no esophagus dilation. Surgeon removed all fluid in band back in October. The last UGI was performed 1/25/2017 with findings of showing a gastric lap band with a phi angle of 48 degrees. Postcontrast images reveals a phi angle of approximately 39 degrees and recommended removal. Can a slipped LB be saved? He indicated 50% of all lap band repositioning results in another slip> Needless to say I am very scared and do not want to have the band removed as it will surely result in all weight lost to be regained. Appreciated your thoughts. Thank you!

    1. Slipped bands can be revised or replaced in many cases. In my experience, another slip is only about 10% chance. Sometimes though after a slip, even if the band anatomy is perfect, patients don’t feel the same degree of restriction as they did when their band was initially placed.

      Dr. Curry

  12. I had Lap band surgery about 6-7 years ago and have gained most if not all of my weight back.
    I need to talk with someone. My doctor left the area after my surgery and moved to Georetown Ky.
    I followed him there, but he soon moved again. I have not had fills in a few years and need to start over.
    I have had problems and at times would like to rip it out.
    I’ve seen Dr. Curry’s commericals and would like to have a phone number to talk with someone before I come in.
    Thanks, Chris

  13. Hello. I had the lapband done in January 2011 in Greenville Oh. I’ve had extremely good luck with it after I got to my “sweet spot.” But after I hit 50 yrs old I just couldn’t seem to lose any more weight. Should I be seen if I’m not having any problems? There is no longer a doctor in this area. Thank you.

    1. It’s a good idea to have lap bands checked with fluoroscopy yearly. Also there are options to augment success with medical weight loss. Call 513-559-1222 option 2 if you want to talk more with our patient service reps.

      Dr. Trace Curry

  14. I am considering gastric sleeve surgery and have a few questions –
    How long do you advise patients to wait to travel after surgery (a flight of about 2 hours).
    How long do you typically advise off work for a job that is not physically demanding (desk work).
    I have a consultation scheduled in a few weeks, just trying to plan ahead. thanks for the input!

    1. I would recommend not flying for a week after a sleeve. Desk jobs usually return in 7-14 days depending on how you’re feeling.

      Looking forward to meeting you!
      Dr. Trace Curry

  15. Hi Dr. Curry,

    Thank you for responding.

    After repositioning of the band, some restriction is better than no restriction. Although my band is currently empty, it still signals me when enough has been eaten. Do you provide 2nd opinions on issues as mine?

    Thank you!

  16. Dr C

    I am a patient of your pravtice and I have lapband. I cant take the drugs. Do you offer s program similiar to optifast that might help me lose wgt fast?

  17. Would gastric sleeve surgery be a good fit for someone who was diagnosed with Graves disease less than a year ago and is currently being treated with antithyroid meds?

    1. Yes it would be a good option but would need clearance from your endocrinologist to make sure everything thyroid-related was under control first. Having said that the surgery process takes a while (sometimes 6 months with some insurance companies) so it wouldn’t hurt to get the ball rolling.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  18. I am wondering if you also offer the traditional DS as well as the SIPS procedure. As I can only find limited information on the long-term success of SIPS, I’m more interested in DS.

    1. We can do a traditional duodenal switch, it’s just 1 additional connection of small intestine. Schedule with Dr. Pitt for this, call 513-559-1222 option 1.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  19. Hello ! Dr Curry , I am one of your previous patients , I am having a knee replacement surgery also have back problems and high blood pressure . My IBM is 25 . I need to lose 20 pounds fast as I can. I can come to the Kentucky office . My post up will be so much easy If I weigh less. I know , My IBM is not too high . Will you please help me with adipex program .Thank you so much . ( I have been on steroid for a while . I think that cause me to gain weight )

    1. Hey there! 25 is the cutoff for adipex in KY, I’d give Pam a call tomorrow so she can discuss whether or not you’re even eligible. The KY number is at the bottom of the web page.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  20. Dr. Curry- Good Afternoon! 24 years ago I had GBP w DS, had no follow up with a dietician, etc. I have severe GERD and a hernia that needs fixed. I have gained back every ounce I lost plus some. I told myself I was not going to be fat and 50 this year. I will have to be self-pay, but the hernia surgery would be covered by insurance. Is this something that can be worked out? Who do I call? I have heard of a revision called the Rose Procedure. When I had GBP I was 226, 5’2, now 245. I see the overstitch is done at your facility is this comparable to the Rose Procedure? Thank You for your time.

    1. Yes Overstitch is similar in concept to Rose procedure. That would be the only surgical revisional option we offer, as any others are too high risk for too little gain. Call and speak with our patient service reps at 513-259-2555.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  21. Dr. C
    I’m currently a patient of your practice. I attempted the Obera, but was unsuccessful. I had to have the Obera removed, d/t complications. Wanted to know if I would be eligible to have the Reshape balloon procedure?

    1. There’s no reason we couldn’t try it, but there is a risk of intolerance again.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  22. I had the sleeve surgery in Lexington, KY two years ago and have gained some weight back. I qualified for the SIPS recently, but my surgeon here is going through the IRB process. How easy would it be to transfer and fast track the procedure?

    1. Hi Mickey – call 513-259-2555 and speak to Marcy, she can help you figure this out.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  23. Hi Dr. Curry,

    Just wondering if you plan on performing the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty any time soon. I’ve been doing some research on it and for someone like me who doesn’t really want nor can I afford surgery, it seems like a great option. Do you have thoughts on it?

    Thanks!

    1. Yes we will be offering this soon, Dr. Pitt has done lots of work with the Overstitch already and we are working on getting him trained.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  24. Dr.Curry,
    From what I have gathered from my research I think I am most interested in Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty. How soon will Dr. Pitt be performing this procedure? Want to know when I should reach out for next steps.
    Thank you!
    Megan

    1. We expect to be offering this in the next few months, stay tuned to the web site and we will post an update!

  25. Hi Dr. C.,

    I am 5’0 weight is 220. Do you think that the adipex would be a good solution for my weight lost or would you recommend something else.

    1. Medical or surgical options could work in this situation, call our patient service reps at 513-259-2555 and they can help you.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  26. My name is Tammy I am 46 years old and 5’1 and weight 220 I have a hard time losing weight. I had my thyroid removed and can’t seem to lose the weight ! What would be a good procedure for me too have ?

    1. Most likely a sleeve would be a good fit, just call 513-259-2555 and they can help guide you!

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  27. I had the sleeve done 5 years ago and have gained about 40lbs back. I was looking at the Orbera but then I read could not do the ballon because I had gastric surgery. What is the reasoning?

    1. A balloon can’t be done on a sleeve or bypass patient as there is no room for it. Likewise can’t be done on band patients because the band would block the balloon from passing down into the lower stomach.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

    1. We only do surgery in Cincinnati, but we have a satellite office in both Columbus and Dayton.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

  28. Hi Dr Curry! I had Roux En Y gastric bypass 14 years ago and lost 90 pounds. After having 2 children and very little follow up guidance with nutrition and support from my dr., I have gained about 60 pounds back. What would be my options, or do I have any?

    1. There are 2 potential options to treat weight gain after gastric bypass: medical weight loss (such as Adipex, Contrave, Qsymia, etc) or a pouch reduction procedure such as the Overstitch. Just type Overstitch into the search box at the top right of the site for more info.

      Dr. Trace Curry
      Medical Director
      JourneyLite Physicians

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