Molokai residents suffering from type two diabetes received hope and encouragement last Thursday evening. The staff at Queen’s Medical Center visited the island and hosted an informational session open to anyone interested in gastric bypass surgery.
According to CWMP’s Dr. Edith Ramsdell, the first step people must take is to find out if the surgery is necessary for them. This is determined by calculating the body mass index (BMI). Dr. Ramsdell helped those in attendance to calculate their own BMI in order to gauge the severity of their condition.
Dr. Ramsdell and Dr. Murayama then talked the attendees through the entire process of gastric bypass surgery, from the initial requirements and insurance coverage to surgical options and what they could expect to experience during the healing process.
Randy Fujimori had gastric bypass surgery a year ago. Fujimori has since lost over 200 lbs and also stopped taking diabetic medication. It was Pidot who first encouraged Fujimori to look into the surgery. Now he too is encouraging others to consider it.
“I took a chance and that was the best thing that ever happened to me. This has given me the opportunity to live a healthier and a better life,” he said.
The CWMP staff also hosted a clinic for private consultations at Molokai General Hospital on Friday. They will continue to do so on a monthly basis, or those interested can also set up an appointment at Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu. For more information, please contact Valerie Kauhane at (808) 537-7802.