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Decade of Exceptional Outcomes Leads to Top Tier Weight Loss Surgery Results at YRMC

The Yuma Regional Medical Center Bariatric Surgery program, led by Medical Director Dr. Candice Jensen, is celebrating a decade of excellence. 

With the help of this multidisciplinary department, Dr. Jensen has performed more than 1,000 bariatric and related surgeries. On average, patients lose over 65 percent of their extra body weight. But more important, weight loss improves lives by successfully treating diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, sleep apnea and many other chronic health conditions. After weight loss surgery, the vast majority of patients report improved mobility, social interactions and greater success in their daily activities. The emotional benefits of weight loss are emerging with ever increasing clarity. After their surgery, patients often feel less depression, anxiety, and pain.

“There is no greater joy than being able to provide a service to your community, which previously did not have local options for weight loss surgery,” said Rebecca Adame, Director of Clinical Operations - Specialty Clinics. “I see newfound joy in the eyes of our patients. I see pregnancies and babies, and I see early cancer detection because of our program. I see increased health and happiness.”

Studies show the superiority of two weight loss surgeries, the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. Sleeve gastrectomy—the most common weight loss procedure performed at YRMC—works by removing approximately 85% of the stomach, helping patients to feel full sooner so they eat less. In the second common surgery, gastric bypass, the surgeon starts by forming the top section of the stomach into a small pouch. Then she bypasses part of the small intestine. Gastric bypass patients then eat less. Both operations cause the body to absorb fewer calories during digestion. In addition to the the sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, Dr. Jensen also performs revisions, gastric band removals and panniculectomies (removing the excess skin and tissue from the abdomen following significant weight loss) at YRMC.
 

Candice Jensen, MD, Weight Loss Surgery Specialist


The cornerstone of a superb weight loss surgery program is a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. For a decade, Yuma Regional Medical Center has teamed up with Dr. Candice Jensen, who completed her bariatric surgery fellowship at UCLA. She is also a board-certified general surgeon, having completed her residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and the Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, NY.

The Yuma Regional Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Program’s achievements have earned the level of recognition often reserved for academic medical centers and other major teaching facilities, including being awarded the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction. The program is also accredited as a “Comprehensive Center” (the highest achievable level) by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

The estimated annual healthcare costs of obesity-related illnesses exceed $190 billion. Bariatric surgery affords a significant opportunity to reduce those costs. More notably, medical studies show that weight loss surgery is proven as the only durable treatment for the chronic health condition of obesity. It allows individuals affected by obesity to maintain a higher quality of life and live longer. Weight loss surgery has an excellent safety record.

People interested in learning more about bariatric surgery at YRMC are invited to attend one of two monthly seminars:
  • The first Friday of each month at 9 a.m. 
  • The third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. 
The seminars are held inside the YRMC Administrative Building, located off Avenue A, behind the employee parking garage. Reservations are not required.

For more information about bariatric surgery at YRMC, visit www.yumaregional.org/weightloss, call (928) 336-LITE (5483) or send email to yumalite@yumaregional.org.
 
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