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KentuckyOne Health to Take Community into Operating Room
for Live Weight-Loss Surgery, via Facebook Live
Social media event to take place Wednesday, January 11
Louisville, Ky. (January 5, 2017) – As New Year’s resolutions are underway, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, is inviting the community to learn more about weight-loss procedures, with a live broadcast of an upcoming LabBand surgery. On Wednesday, January 11 at 10:30 a.m., KentuckyOne Health will broadcast a LapBand weight-loss surgery via Facebook Live, and provide live tweets on Twitter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are obese, and Kentucky is high on the list, with the fifth-highest obesity rate in the nation.
“Sometimes people struggle with losing weight, and are looking for other options to help them live a healthier lifestyle,” said Vincent Lusco, MD. “LapBand surgery is helping many people take control of their weight, and we’re hoping this live procedure gives those watching, who may be in a similar situation, the encouragement and hope they need to help lose weight.”
The LapBand System is a minimally invasive surgical option that is adjustable and reversible. During the procedure, an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to reduce its capacity. For many, losing weight may be difficult. The surgery serves as a solution for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or for those with a BMI of at least 30 who suffer from one or more obesity-related comorbid conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, reflux or sleep apnea.
Drs. John Olsofka and Vincent Lusco, both with Louisville Surgical Associates, affiliated with KentuckyOne Health, will be involved in the surgery. The doctors will also answer questions from the public on social media at the conclusion of the procedure, which takes less than 30 minutes. The procedure will be shown live on the KentuckyOne Health Facebook page, and questions can be asked directly on the page. KentuckyOne Health will also provide real-time updates on Twitter @kyone_health. Those wishing to ask questions should use the hashtag #Ky1LapBand.
LapBand surgery is one of the three common bariatric surgery procedures. Other common bariatric procedures include gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Compared to these two popular weight-loss surgeries, LapBand is performed in the shortest amount of time.
On average, LapBand surgery helps patients lose 65 percent of excess weight in the first year, and up to 70 percent by the second year, which is approximately six inches from the waistline and six inches from the hips.
“Stepping foot inside an operating room can be scary for many patients, so we want to show them what it’s like to undergo this surgery,” said John Olsofka, MD. “We are thrilled to be able to use technology to give the community a closer look at this surgery, taking them into the operating room with us.”
This is the second time KentuckyOne Health has used Facebook Live to show a procedure or surgery. On Tuesday, July 26, Drs. Olsofka and Lusco were also involved in the ORBERA weight-loss procedure that was shown live on Facebook. The two videos of the surgery and the Q&A session received more than 11,300 views.
To view the Facebook Live surgery at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, go to www.facebook.com/kentuckyonehealth. For live updates, follow @kyone_health on Twitter or search the hashtag #KY1LapBand.
** Post-surgery interviews with Dr. Olsofka and Dr. Lusco will be held at 11:15 a.m.
Media members are invited to be in the room where the live Q&A session will take place with the doctors, which will be shown via Facebook Live. A monitor will also be set up so that media members can watch the surgery live. Media members should arrive by 10:15 a.m. to the main lobby of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, where they will be taken to the interview room before surgery.
Media wishing to attend this event should contact Barbara Mackovic at email@example.com or 502.641.5461.
Learn more about the procedure at www.kentuckyonehealth.org/ky1lapband.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.