Dr. Steven Fowler has been the first and only program in the state of Hawaii to provide the Gastric Balloon. The first case was on March 25, 2016.
This new tool for weight loss is a temporary implanted gastric balloon. The Balloon is placed in the stomach via an endoscope procedure which takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. The Gastric Balloon is left in place for 6 months, then removed by a second endoscopic procedure. This is a temporary device that does not require surgery only mild sedation.
The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have recently released a revised joint scientific statement outlining best practices to reduce cardiovascular risk in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), published in both Diabetes Care and Circulation. The statement acknowledges that bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for attaining significant and durable weight loss in severely obese patients,” and that bariatric/metabolic surgery is increasingly accepted as resulting in remission from T2DM.
On July 14, 2015 Dr. Steven Fowler and Castle Medical Center were featured on KHON’s Living 808 morning news show Living Healthy concerning Bariatric Surgery and Obesity.
A video story on our patient Josh Hamilton was aired and then Dr. Fowler was interviewed by Trini Kaopuiki. The six minute television segment was very informative and inspiring to anyone thinking about having bariatric surgery. Dr. Fowler’s overall message in the interview was bariatric surgery is used as a tool in conjunction with a lifestyle change that will result in improved health.
Aloha Surgery is proud to be a part of the Castle Medical Center team and The Hawaii Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery which offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to weight loss surgery.
Following surgery at Castle Medical Center, patients in the program receive twelve months of follow-up care that includes group and individual counseling sessions, nutrition counseling and cooking demonstrations, fitness classes designed specifically for program patients, and peer support groups that help address emotional, behavioral, and other issues. Patients can always get additional support beyond the twelve months.
The Hawaii Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has recently started up their Oahu Support Groups once again. All Oahu Support Groups are held at Castle Medical Center, Wellness Auditorium. No registration is necessary to attend.
According to a recent online article in Health Day News, Why Do More Women Than Men Have Weight-Loss Surgery? a recent study shows that women may possess greater overall awareness of the risks posed by obesity.