Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - North Mississippi - (Page 4)

Thick Thin Weight loss surgery helps area families lose weight and get healthy A FAmily AFFAir The Wallis family of Tippah County makes a change for the better—together F or Donna Wallis, 29, of Dry Creek, being overweight truly impeded her life. “I couldn’t walk 20 to 30 feet without needing to sit down because I was out of breath,” says Donna, who weighed more than 400 pounds. “All my shoes had to be slip-ons or already tied because I couldn’t bend over and tie my own shoes.” Donna knew her blood pressure was high and suspected her blood sugar was too, but she refused to go to the doctor. “I didn’t want to know,” she says. “I didn’t want the doctor to tell me I was fat and that’s why it was high, because I already knew that.” Donna considered weight loss surgery for many years and in 2007 attended an education seminar by Terry Pinson, M.D., a general and bariatric surgeon who serves as medical director for North Mississippi Medical Center’s Bariatric Center in Tupelo. Pinson performs three types of bariatric (weight loss) procedures—laparoscopic Rouxen-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery and laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy. UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES Gastric bypass creates a very small upper stomach pouch—less than an ounce—by transecting the stomach. Because it doesn’t take much food or liquid to fill the new, small pouch, the person is satisfied eating a lot less. In addition, food is not absorbed as well as it once was, contributing to rapid weight loss. st a m Wall is, have lo surger y. d he r m ot he r, Pa of ga st ric-b an d a Wall is (le ft ) an Donn ds as a re su lt ta l of 275 po un com bi ne d to 4 Vim & Vigor • SUM M ER 2 011 And Through

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2011 - North Mississippi
Contents
Opening Thoughts
Through Thick and Thin
Power and Possibilities
Girl Talk
Say What?
Action Plan
Like This? Try That
George Clooney
A Day in the Life of Your Heart
Unexpected Heroes
Unexpected Heroes
Get in Gear
Get in Gear
A Real Lifesaver
A Real Lifesaver
In Case of Emergency
In Case of Emergency
Heal Better
Heal Better
Back to Bed
Back to Bed
The Clinic at Walmart
The Clinic at Walmart
Top Notch
Top Notch
Catch the Spirit
Catch the Spirit

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