Franciscan Alliance Bariatric: The Cahill Connection

2013-12-29T16:26:00Z 2014-01-02T13:08:43Z Franciscan Alliance Bariatric: The Cahill Connection nwitimes.com
December 29, 2013 4:26 pm

Dr. Gerald Cahill’s bariatric patients are making strides to best health.

“It’s life-changing.”

“The transformation is amazing.”

“I can do things now that I never before thought possible.”

These are the voices of patients who have had bariatric surgery for weight loss at Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute. Danny Gronendyke knows first-hand how life-changing significant weight loss can be. He had a gastric bypass June 27, 2012. “I call it my new birthday.”

His weight was at 314; now, it’s 185. “Every day is amazing; I can do things now that I never before thought possible. A group of us do 10K runs!”

Millie Sasaki, RN, and Lori Granich, RD, are the support group facilitators for this group.

Lori Granich is the programs lead registered dietitian. “I have been moved to tears watching this group’s determination. Watching them cross the finish in in their first 5K represented just one of many achievements in their journey to better health.”

“Our program’s support group is an excellent resource and support network for our patients. We are so pleased to see our patients forming such positive, active lifestyle changes, such as this running group.” says Sasaki, who is a certified support group instructor.

“I’m excited to be part of a program that supports its patients before, during and after their weight loss surgery.” says Kathy O’Donnell, RN. “Our post-operative support group is truly unique. I think it’s rare to find a bariatric program that is not only willing to partner with you throughout your weight loss journey, but for the rest of your life as well.”

This team, led by Dr. Gerald Cahill, takes patients challenged by weight through the entire process of losing weight through surgery, including evaluation, preparation, the surgical procedure, and post-operative support.

Weight loss can have a significant, positive impact on an individual’s health -- including a decreased risk for cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, and even infertility. When there is a lot of weight to lose, the challenge can be great. The caring, professional team at Franciscan Alliance understands this, and can help you choose the bariatric service best suited to your need, along with medically supervised programs proven to help people live better, healthier and longer lives.

Franciscan Midwest Bariatric Institute, designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, has a proven record of success. Says Dr. Cahill, who is the program’s medical director and surgeon, “"My goal is to provide excellent, personalized, safe care for patients desiring weight-loss surgery. I strive to assist patients in achieving a positive attitude about their health and an overall improved lifestyle.”

Please visit sites.franciscanalliance.org/StMargaret/Weightloss for more information about this outstanding program

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