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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy

This newer minimally invasive surgery is gaining popularity among doctors but was first introduced in 1981. This procedure generates weight loss by removing a portion of the stomach, decreasing its size by 70 to 80 percent. The remaining stomach takes on a tube or sleeve-like shape. This non-reversible surgery limits the stomach's capacity to about 3-7 ounces, which significantly decreases the amount of food that can be eaten.

Even though the procedure significantly reduces the size of the stomach, it still allows your stomach to function normally. Most food items can be consumed but in smaller amounts. Research has shown that because stomach tissue is removed, Ghrelin, a hunger-inducing hormone secreted by the stomach, is decreased for about six months after surgery, leading to decreased appetite.(2) For these reasons, many surgeons and patients feel this surgery is superior.

The weight loss from this procedure is similar to gastric bypass and much greater than gastric banding systems.

This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes about one to two hours. Since this surgery is laparoscopic, the surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen instead of one big incision and insert a special camera and the surgical instruments that will remove part of your stomach. Once a portion of your stomach is removed, the remaining "sleeve" is closed

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Less invasive than gastric bypass.
  • No rerouting of the intestines.
  • Stomach empties normally into the small intestine.
  • Does not require an implanted device.
  • Better for patients with prior surgery or medical conditions.
  • Fewer complications and malabsorption issues.
  • Little risk of "dumping syndrome," a condition where ingested foods bypass the stomach too rapidly and enter the small intestine largely undigested.
  • Nutritional supplementation is not as great as with gastric bypass.
  • Rapid weight loss within a year.
  • Weight loss greater than with gastric banding.
  • Can be converted later to gastric bypass if desired.

Risks associated with Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Leakage of the sleeve (stomach) leading to infection.
  • The stomach can stretch and weight may be regained over time.
  • Need for additional weight loss surgery.
  • Malabsorption.
  • Bleeding.
  • Blood clots in legs or clots to lung.
  • Anesthesia complications.
  • Death

We will work with you to ensure that you are properly qualified for surgery and have support throughout your weight loss journey!


1. Saber AA, Elgamal MH, McLeod MK. Bariatric surgery: the past, present, and future. Obes Surg. 2008;18(1):121-128.

2. Langer FB, Reza Hoda MS, Bohdjalian A, et al. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding: effects on plasma ghrelin levels. Obes Surg. 2005;15(7):1024-1029

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Maternal Infant Services Maternity Tour

Maternal Infant Services Maternity Tour

West Georgia Health
1514 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 882-1411

The Maternal Infant Services tour is provided by our Childbirth Educators.  The tour will begin in the South Tower Lobby, and includes a tour of the following: Labor/Delivery, Nursery Services, and 3S/OB.  The tour is provided for the expectant mother and a support person only.  We will meet in the lobby of the South Tower on the scheduled tour date.  There is no charge for the tour; however, registration is encouraged. 
 

Cost: Free

You may register below or by calling 706.812.2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Thu20Nov
  • Women’s Health Center
    1420 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 880-7411
    5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

Surgical Weight Loss Support Group

If you have had weight loss surgery, or if you are considering it, please join the West Georgia Surgical Weight Loss Support Group. Participants can share information, experiences and find emotional support, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about the surgical procedures. Each meeting will include an educational topic and discussion specifically designed to be of interest to those who have had weight loss surgery.
During this session, you will hear about weight loss options with West Georgia Bariatrics, as well as hear from team members regarding the process and how you can get started.

Cost: Free

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Thu2Oct
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    1500 Bradley Lake Blvd.
    Columbus GA 31904
    (706) 660-1000 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Thu9Oct
  • Holiday Inn Express - Opelika
    1801 Capps Landing
    Opelika AL 36804
    (334) 749-5250 6:00 PM CST - 7:00 PM CST

  • Sat11Oct
  • WGH - ECCC Auditorium
    1514 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 882-1411 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Thu6Nov
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    1500 Bradley Lake Blvd.
    Columbus GA 31904
    (706) 660-1000 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Sat8Nov
  • WGH - ECCC Auditorium
    1514 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 882-1411 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

  • Thu13Nov
  • Holiday Inn Express - Opelika
    1801 Capps Landing
    Opelika AL 36804
    (334) 749-5250 6:00 PM CST - 7:00 PM CST

  • Thu4Dec
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    1500 Bradley Lake Blvd.
    Columbus GA 31904
    (706) 660-1000 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Thu11Dec
  • Holiday Inn Express - Opelika
    1801 Capps Landing
    Opelika AL 36804
    (334) 749-5250 6:00 PM CST - 7:00 PM CST

  • Sat13Dec
  • WGH - ECCC Auditorium
    1514 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 882-1411 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

West Georgia Cancer Support Group of LaGrange

West Georgia Cancer Support Group of LaGrange

WGH ECCC Auditorium
1514 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 812-2191

West Georgia Health offers a monthly cancer support and awareness group that provides support/education and information on outreach/awareness activities for our community. The group is held at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month except for April, May, November and December.

Cost: Free

Bereavement Support Group

Bereavement Support Group

West Georgia Hospice
1510 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 845-3905

Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Our Bereavement Support Group connects you with a local supportive group of people who really know how you feel. Help is right here at West Georgia Health. 

We recognize the need for bereavement support for any member of our community grieving the loss of a loved one. Our goal is to provide the care and support needed to manage the complex emotions associated with grief in a safe place, where individuals can explore and express their grief in a manner that is comfortable and healing in nature.

Together we learn, share and create ways to adapt to loss and change. Our open Bereavement Support Group is offered to any adults and is free of charge. The format of the group is based upon needs presented by group members attending that day.

Our grief support group provides a safe, private place for people to share their healing journeys with one another.

Please call John Evans at (706) 845-3905 for more information and upcoming dates.

Cost: Free

Mommy and Me Support Group

Mommy and Me Support Group

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

Love being a new mother even more!

West Georgia Health is offering a monthly support group at the Women's Health Center for new mothers and their new babies going on 12 months of age.

Each month, we will feature a guest speaker or informational topic to be discussed by the group for a period of time during the meeting. The remainder of the time will be focused on allowing the group to connect with one another, ask questions, share experiences, nurture friendships, exchange ideas and allow babies to interact with one another.

Registration is not required, but you may let us know you are coming.

For more information, call (706) 812-2876.

Light refreshments are served.

Cost: Free

Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes Support Group

West Georgia Health
1514 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 882-1411

West Georgia Health hosts a free Diabetes Support Group to offer support and camaraderie for members of the community living with diabetes.

The group meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Heart Clinic Conference Room in the West Georgia Health South Tower, and it's open to anyone interested in diabetes — those who have diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome, as well as those who have family members with diabetes or who just want to learn more about it.

The meetings will provide a bevy of educational material concerning diabetes, from care to support, along with opportunities for those with diabetes to talk with one another, sharing tips and success stories and providing general tips on living with diabetes.

Certified Diabetes Educators will be available to answer questions and provide guidance as needed. For more information, call Linda Mack, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., at (706) 845-3789.

Cost: Free

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Vernon Woods Retirement Community
101 Vernon Woods
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 812-2899

Are you looking for someone to talk to who understands what it’s like to deal with Alzheimer's disease?

Whether you've been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or you're caring for a loved one who is afflicted, joining our Alzheimer's Support Group is a great way to find people who understand what you're going through.

Meetings are held at Vernon Woods Retirement Community on the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Free Childbirth Preparation Class for Teen Moms

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

The Women’s Health Center at West Georgia Health and District 4 Public Health offers a free childbirth preparation class for expectant mothers ages 12-19.

Class topics include:

  • Prenatal care and nutrition.
  • Labor/delivery/recovery/post partum.
  • Newborn care/characteristics.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Infant safety/SIDS/Carseat safety.
  • Birth Control and STDs.
  • Information about the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Department of Family Children’s Services (DFACS) and the First Steps Program.

A tour of the new maternal infant unit at West Georgia Medical Center is also offered.

For more information or to register by phone, call (706) 812-2876.

Cost: Free

You may register below or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Safe Sitter (Babysitter Preparation Course)

Safe Sitter (Babysitter Preparation Course)

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

Safe Sitter: "Better Sitters Today. Better Parents Tomorrow."

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, competency-based, highly structured babysitting preparation course designed for young adolescents, ages 11-15.

The course gives students the chance to learn and demonstrate various needed babysitting techniques, and pass a written exam outlining:

  • Care of choking infant/child.
  • Infant/child CPR.
  • Injury prevention and injury management.
  • Safety for the sitter.
  • Child care essentials.
  • Behavior management.
  • Babysitting as a business.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Safe Sitter Course Completion Vard. Classes are limited to 12 participants and are held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at West Georgia Health's Women's Health Center in the Education Room. Price for the course is $50.00 per student. Breakfast, lunch and snacks, along with the Course Completion Card and the Safe Sitter Manual, are provided.

The course graduation ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.

You can register on this page or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Cost: $50 per person

You may register below or by calling 706-812-2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Mon24Nov
  • Women’s Health Center
    1420 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 880-7411
    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Prepared Childbirth Seminar (8 Hours)

Prepared Childbirth Seminar (8 Hours)

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

This 8-hour seminar is designed for expectant mothers and their support person to learn about childbirth topics in a fun, comfortable and respectful class environment.

Topics covered in class are:

  • Anatomy.
  • True versus false labor.
  • Stages of labor.
  • Hospital admission.
  • Delivery.
  • Recovery.
  • Postpartum.
  • Medical interventions.
  • Pain management.
  • Breathingelaxation.
  • Medications.
  • Epidural.
  • Cesarean Section.
  • Newborn characteristics and care.
  • Newborn safety.
  • Breastfeeding.

Morning refreshments and afternoon snacks are provided.

Cost: $50 per couple

You may register below or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Sat25Oct
  • Women’s Health Center
    1420 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 880-7411
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lamaze Prepared Childbirth Series (5 Weeks)

Lamaze Prepared Childbirth Series (5 Weeks)

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

Lamaze Prepared Childbirth Series (5 Weeks)

The five week Lamaze series is designed for expectant mothers and their support person to assist them to have the best pregnancy, birth, labor, and early parenting experiences. It is an interactive and informative class. Lamaze is no longer just about breathing! It is about taking the mystery out of childbirth and giving you the confidence to labor your way.

Each class last two hours and thirty minutes with time for a plenty of questions and answers. A light meal is served each night.

Week 1: Introduction to Lamaze, Six Healthy Birth Practices, Pain Perception, Nutrition, Early Labor Signs/Symptoms, and Breathing/Relaxation exercise.

Week 2: Stages of Labor, Early Labor, Hospital Admission, Breathing/Relaxation exercise, and Role of the Support Person.

Week 3: Active and Transition Phases of Labor, Pain Management options, Medical Interventions, Positions, Labor Support, Second Stage of Labor, and Delivery.

Week 4: Cesarean Delivery - planned/unplanned, Recovery, and Labor Stations providing hands on practice of various labor positions/comfort measures

Week 5: Local Pediatrician open four question/answer, Newborn characteristics, Newborn Care and Safety, Breastfeeding
The class ends with graduation certificate and a tour of West Georgia Health System  Maternal Infant Service Unit

Cost: $75 per couple

You may register below or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Thu9Oct
  • The Women’s Center
    310 S. Lewis St.
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 845-0500
    6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Group

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

Nothing is more important than having positive, compassionate support when you and your baby are learning to breastfeed. Find the guidance and information you need in West Georgia Health’s breastfeeding support group.

Meetings are free. Experienced board-certified lactation consultants will perform weight checks, introduce you to other mothers who are breastfeeding, answer your questions and provide helpful information and resources.

Classes are held the last Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Women's Health Center. For more information, call (706) 880-7416.

Cost: Free

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Thu25Sep
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Thu30Oct
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Thu20Nov
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Thu11Dec
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Surgical Weight Loss Seminar with Dr. Wes Turton

Wes Turton, MD, FACS, will discuss safe, effective medical procedures that can help you reach your weight loss goals. Our staff is dedicated to help you through every step of your weight-loss journey. Seminars are free and held several times monthly. Reservations are requested.

Cost: Free

You may register online or by calling (706) 880-7600.

Surgical Weight Loss Seminar with Dr. Charles Ferguson

Emory Clark-Holder Clinic
303 Smith St.
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 882-8831

Charles Ferguson, MD, will discuss safe, effective medical procedures that can help you reach your weight loss goals.

Our staff is dedicated to help you through every step of your weight loss journey. Seminars are available but not required. Contact the office for more information at the number provided above. Reservations are requested.

Use the calendar to find a date, time and location that fits your schedule and to register for an upcoming seminar. You may visit www.emorylagrangeweightloss.com to register online.

Cost: Free

You may register online or by calling (706) 882-8831.

Infant CPR and Safety

Infant CPR and Safety

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

This class is ideal for parents, grandparents and babysitters. It provides hands-on training in infant CPR, as well as infant safety measures.

Cost: $10 per person

You may register below or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

Heartsaver CPR with AED and First Aid

Heartsaver CPR with AED and First Aid

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

This course covers the techniques of CPR and foreign body removal for adult/child and infant patients, as well as basic first aid. It also demonstrates effective operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED). A two-year certification card is obtained through skill check-off and completion of the course.

Student manuals are available upon receipt of payment for the course.

Cost: $40 per person

You may register below or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Thu30Oct
  • Women’s Health Center
    1420 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 880-7411
    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Breastfeeding Basics

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

Taught by board-certified lactation consultants, this class will help expectant mothers learn the basics of breastfeeding — from techniques and positioning to overcoming common challenges. Patients who do not pay online should bring $20 (cash or check only) to class. For more information, please call Lactation Services at (706) 880-7416.

Cost: $20.00 per couple

You may register below or by calling (706) 880-7416.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Mon6Oct
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Mon3Nov
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Mon1Dec
  • Vernon Woods Retirement Community
    101 Vernon Woods
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 812-2899
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BCLS for Healthcare Providers

BCLS for Healthcare Providers

Women’s Health Center
1420 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 880-7411

This Course is the required CPR certification course for healthcare providers. It includes a two-year certification card. Class will be held at the Women’s Health Center Education Room. Pre-registration is required.

Student manual available upon receipt of payment for class.

Cost: $50 per person

You may register below or by calling (706) 812-2876.

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

  • Thu9Oct
  • Women’s Health Center
    1420 Vernon Road
    LaGrange GA 30240
    (706) 880-7411
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Diabetes Self Management Course

Diabetes Self Management
1514 Vernon Road
LaGrange GA 30240
(706) 812-2653

West Georgia Health now offers a certified Diabetes Self-Management Training eight-week course. This course is designed to help people with diabetes achieve better metabolic control, improve lipid levels, reduce blood pressure and develop the self-management skills needed to prevent or minimize the complications of diabetes.

The course is held inside the West Georgia Health Heart Clinic.

The course will last eight weeks and classes are ongoing, so participants can join at any time. If you miss a meeting, you can attend the next time it comes around. Classes are held Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Diabetes Self-Management Training is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans with a physician’s referral.

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a licensed healthcare professional who specializes in educating people with diabetes about this condition. Diabetes educators are trained in educating, counseling and supporting people with diabetes to help them achieve and maintain blood sugar control. Diabetes educators partner with physicians to coach, counsel, track and monitor a patient’s care and progress.

West Georgia Health’s program is staffed by the following Certified Diabetes Educators: Ravina Kadam, MD; Linda Mack, MS, RD, LD; Linda Gwaltney, MS, RD, LD, and Heather Coggins, MA, RD, LD, along with other professional insructors Kathy McCurry, RN; Debra Boswell, PharmD, and others.

Cost: Fee varies according to contract terms with various insurance providers.