Healthy Living: Bariatric Surgery
YNN's Casey Bortnick tells us about a new fitness program geared towards overweight individuals looking to undergo bariatric surgery.
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Sticking to any workout routine takes commitment, but for Desiree Hobson, it took courage. To qualify for bariatric surgery, Desiree underwent behavioral and dietary counseling.
"This is a life change, it's a major surgery," said Desiree.
After gaining weight on two previous attempts, Desiree knew it was time to try something different. She decided to get in the weight room.
"I kind of had to kick my own butt and say come on, this time," Desiree said.
Through a new 12 week exercise program in conjunction with Rochester's Highland Hospital, Desiree isn't alone. A fitness coach at the YMCA is helping Desiree develop an exercise program that works for her. With complaints of knee pain, a physical therapist is making sure Desiree doesn't damager her joints in the process, mixing in some water workouts.
"She'll be able to do longer sessions and burn more calories because she's not in pain," said Lindsay Jackson, Aquatic Therapist.
The program is open to those who are overweight, with a body mass index, or BMI, of 25 or more. They must be referred by an accredited bariatric surgery center. Andrea Zimmerli, the coordinator of Highland's Bariatric Department, said adding an exercise component just made sense.
"We're trying to make sure we operate on a patient who's going to be successful after surgery," said Zimmerli.
In addition to losing weight, Desiree has another important goal. She hopes getting healthy will help her become more active in her 8-year-old son's life, and she said it's already working.
"He's the reason I'm doing this," said Desiree.