Greg Angle, FACHE: A Brief Overview of Weight Loss Surgery

Greg Angle, an executive management professional, applies nearly 30 years of health care industry experience in his position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in California. Mr. Angle previously served as CEO of Carondelet Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, where he spearheaded several care delivery and patient service improvements, including a new surgical weight loss program.

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, offers a last-resort treatment option for patients suffering from severe, chronic obesity, or from a life-threatening condition linked to obesity such as heart disease or diabetes. Traditional weight loss surgeries include restrictive surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach to allow less food into the digestive system. Malabsorptive surgery, another treatment approach, involves removing sections of the small intestine or altering its connection to the stomach, reducing the digestive system’s ability to absorb calories.

The surgical weight loss field also includes newer variations on traditional procedures intended for overweight patients interested in looking slimmer. It is important for potential patients to conduct thorough research on their procedure of interest, since certain weight loss surgeries lack approval by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery or other medical organizations. Since weight loss surgery is associated with a broad range of potential side effects and complications, most patients benefit more from dietary, activity level, and lifestyle changes than from surgical intervention. Please seek expert medical advice and learn about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery before considering it.