The 150th patient of the Good Shepherd Center for Bariatric Surgery has had tremendous success after having a sleeve gastrectomy, or “gastric sleeve” this summer.
Jody Coke, the milestone patient for the four-year-old Center for Bariatric Surgery, is no stranger to Good Shepherd Medical Center. A registered nurse, Coke works full time at the GSMC NorthPark emergency room on the night shift.
“I knew that my unhealthy lifestyle potentially could lead to a catastrophic event,” Coke said. “I did not do the gastric sleeve to lose weight that was just an added bonus. My health concerns were by far the number one reason for the surgery. If the weight was my only concern, I would have continued what I have always done throughout my lifetime, which is diet and exercise.”
Coke, who has lost about 80 pounds since his June 28 surgery, said his primary goal was not weight loss, but rather to help combat a series of medical problems including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea and obesity.
Coke was on multiple medications for his health problems but since the gastric sleeve has been able to lose 80 pounds, comes off all medications, decrease his blood pressure, bring his A1C levels down to normal range and sleep without snoring.
During a sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes roughly two-thirds of the patient’s stomach, leaving behind a banana-shaped sleeve. Even though this procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, it allows the stomach to function normally while decreasing hunger as well as the amount of food the patient can eat.
The Center for Bariatric Surgery at Good Shepherd Medical Center opened in 2013 and is helmed by Dustin McDermott, MD, FACS, Good Shepherd Medical Associates General Surgeon.
In addition to gastric sleeves, McDermott can perform a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, where a small stomach pouch is created that restricts food intake. This new stomach is then attached to the middle part of the small intestine, bypassing the lower stomach and portion of the small bowel.
In 2015, the Center for Bariatric Surgery earned the stamp of approval from one of the nation’s chief observers of weight loss surgery when it was recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint venture of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
“We know a decision to have bariatric surgery is not made lightly, but time and time again we have seen the positive impacts of this kind of procedure for our patients,” McDermott said. “At the Center for Bariatric Surgery we are dedicated to giving each patient their best chance to live a healthy, fulfilled life.”
“If I had to have a surgery, not just a gastric sleeve, I would highly recommend using Dr. McDermott. I have seen his work and seen how much care he takes with each surgery,” Coke said. “The staff was great. The PCTs, pre and post-op personnel, the anesthesiologists group and the surgical nurses took great care of me.”
Coke, a Jefferson native, worked for 10 years with Champion EMS before becoming an RN and joining Good Shepherd. He is married to Jennifer Coke, who is also an East Texas native and a local medical professional.
The Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a free monthly seminar for anyone interested in learning more about the procedure or to see if they qualify as a candidate for surgery.
To contact the Center for Bariatric Surgery, please call (903) 315-4400 or visit www.gsmc.org.
About Good Shepherd Medical Center
Good Shepherd Medical Center is the area’s preferred hospital with a strong history and reputation for providing high quality, compassionate medical care. Established in 1935, Good Shepherd is a non-profit, full service, acute-care, 425-bed regional referral center featuring a Level III Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and 24/7 neurosurgery and cardiac cath lab services.