Having studied Bariatric Surgery,
Dr. Oldham has been trained
to provide specialized medical care to patients suffering from obesity. Dr. Oldham is qualified to educate patients on healthy lifestyles (including proper diets and exercise regimens), as well as to provide therapeutic and surgical treatments that assist patients in overcoming obesity. Because obesity can lead to other health problems and a reduced life-expectancy, early intervention and reversal of the condition is vital.
Bariatrics is a medical specialty concerned with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Perhaps the most well-known facet of this area of medicine is bariatric surgery, where patients seek to overcome obesity through a variety of surgical procedures – many of which have shown to be successful, scientifically sound, and relatively safe.
Because obesity has been shown to cause severely detrimental health effects like diabetes, heart disease, various types of cancer, and other life threatening conditions, more and more patients seek the care of a bariatric surgeon. Bariatric medicine plays a vital role in helping obese patients return to a healthy weight by enabling them to pursue a healthier lifestyle that includes a proper diet and exercise regimen.
Bariatric surgeons offer a variety of treatment options and plans for those struggling with obesity. These may include the prescription of certain medications, educating patients on healthy diets and exercise plans, and the ever-increasing popularity of bariatric surgeries. Some of the surgical operations performed by bariatricians include gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding, gastroplasty surgery, and jejunoileal bypass surgery. Many of these surgeries are performed to decrease the size of the stomach, in turn decreasing the levels of the ghrelin hormone (the hormone that causes hunger). By surgically reducing the size of the stomach, the patient will be able to lose weight by limiting their daily caloric intake in a safe and healthy manner.