PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) -  Dr. Kurt Sprunger, an Arizona bariatric surgeon, views doctor-patient communication, health education, and ongoing support as the keys to addressing the challenge of severe obesity. This communication, education, and support begins before Dr. Sprunger's patients even enter the Phoenix Bariatric Center, his private practice. Dr. Sprunger recently authored a blog post in which he outlines the gastric bypass technique he utilizes to maximize patient comfort and minimize the rigors of post-operative recovery.

Gastric bypass remains the most popular solution for the disease of morbid obesity at Dr. Sprunger's practice. However, he says that achieving a slimmer figure is not the procedure's only benefit. As Dr. Sprunger wrote in his piece, titled Severe Obesity Solutions: RY Gastric Bypass: "In addition to significant weight loss, other advantages of this bariatric procedure include a reduced appetite as well as the reduction or elimination of pre-existing health conditions related to obesity, including high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, and heart disease." He also says many of his Phoenix bariatric surgery patients can enjoy the benefits of improved health and overall quality of life -- as well as a reduced risk of premature death -- by having treatment with Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB).

In addition to the obesity-related health complications Dr. Sprunger lists in his blog, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery can also reverse or reduce conditions such as:

  • High cholesterol
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Osteoarthritis

Due to the fact that Dr. Sprunger uses a minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique to perform RYGB surgery, his patients at the Phoenix Bariatric Center often have a much more pleasant recovery. He highlights that, with the laparoscopic technique, "the incisions are smaller than traditional gastric bypass surgery" compared to traditional gastric bypass techniques. The procedure itself reduces the size of the stomach and allows food to "bypass" segments of the small intestine, reducing choleric absorption. Patients will typically eat less after gastric bypass surgery but will still feel full and satisfied after meals, allowing them to maintain a slimmer figure and keep the weight off. For patients struggling with morbid obesity and the disease's related health complications, Dr. Sprunger says Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery offers an effective treatment option for dramatically changing one's life.

About Kurt W. Sprunger, MD, FACS

Dr. Kurt Sprunger is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the bariatric surgery program at Paradise Valley Hospital. Dr. Sprunger's practice is designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a "Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®." He is available for interview upon request.

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