Weight Loss Surgery - your questions answered


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Weight Loss Surgery - your questions answered

William W.  (Wes) Turton, MD, FACS, FASMBS By William W.  (Wes) Turton, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Individuals no longer need to feel trapped by obesity and the accompanying lifestyle that could result in multiple daily medications to control chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, among others.. Surgery can be just one step in the lifelong journey toward weight loss and a healthier life. Dr. William ‘Wes’ Turton, would you speak specifically about Bariatric, or weight-loss, Surgery?

First, put us all on the same page, help define weight-loss surgery. 

There are three options for weight-loss surgery- LapBand (Adjustable Banding Procedure), Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass. I work with each of my patients to make a recommendation based on factors such as age, weight and overall health, however, ultimately the decision belongs to the individual. 

Although each surgery option is done laparoscopically with different technique, the goal is to help you get your weight down to a safer range with expectations of any associated risks reduced or completely eliminated.  

Who is eligible for weight-loss surgery?

If you are obese (Body Mass Index/BMI of 35 or more) and have tried to lose weight without success, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery.  

How does obesity affect individuals?

Potential consequences of obesity are much more complex than just external appearance; it can increase your risk of other illnesses and diseases. 

Do insurances policies typically cover treatment?

Each plan has specific coverage, but yes, many policies do cover treatment.

How many procedures have you performed?

After founding the Bariatric Surgery Program at West Georgia Health in 2008 and continuing to serve as the program’s Medical Director, a great accomplishment has been seeing West Georgia Health designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.  Since founding the program, I have completed 600 procedures in West Georgia alone.  Although I enjoy both General and Bariatric Surgery, it’s very rewarding getting to know my bariatric patients and their support person(s) throughout the process and each success story really changes lives. 

William ‘Wes’ Turton, MD is Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons as well as Fellow of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Office: 301 Medical Drive, LaGrange, GA 30240; Phone: 706.880.7320