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Everything you wanted to know about weight loss surgery - in a radio show

Upstate's weekly radio show, Health Link on Air is devoted to weight loss surgery this Sunday. If you or someone you care about has considered a surgical solution to being overweight, tune in to hear from Upstate's surgeons and nutritionist, plus a patient.

Surgery can be a consideration for people who are more than 100 pounds overweight, who have a body mass index greater than 40. Typically, patients may have related health issues, including type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides, issues that surgery is likely to improve.

Anthony Curcio, of Lysander, shares his experience on the radio show, and in the January/February issue of The Good Life Central New York magazine. At his heaviest, he weighed more than 300 pounds. He faced two episodes of pulmonary embolisms before deciding that surgery was important. "I knew it was perhaps my best hope at getting my life back," he writes. Since the surgery, he no longer deals with sleep apnea, his diabetes has resolved and he takes no medications to control his cholesterol.

The surgery won't be successful without some effort from the patient. Registered dietitian Kerry Dal speaks about the importance of regular exercise, and the permanent dietary changes that must take place if a person is to maintain successful weight loss.

Listen to the radio interviews...

... with Drs. Howard Simon and Taewan Kim

... with patient, Anthony Curcio

... with nutritionist, Kerry Dal

... with program coordinator, Denise Smith

Read more about bariatric surgery at Upstate.