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Published on Monday, February 25, 2019

At-Risk Patients Find Needed Care At Rural Hospital

By Jim Mikes

November 15, 2018 was National Rural Health Day. on this important day of recognition for our rural clinics, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and the Sullivan Clinic share with the Missouri Hopsital Assocation's MHA Today newsletter how they’re helping their rural patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity prevalence is significantly higher among adults living in rural counties (34.2 percent) than among those living in metropolitan counties (28.7 percent). Luckily for the rural population living near Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, Jaroslaw Michalik, MD, offers surgical weight loss procedures. “For 95 percent of obese patients, surgery is the only way to effectively and permanently lose the weight,” said Dr. Michalik. “And it’s often a last resort after these patients have tried every weight loss approach imaginable, only to experience limited success.”

Two of his patients in particular have found great success with surgical weight loss. A 32-year old female patient underwent sleeve gastrectomy. Four months later, she had lost 85 pounds, and better yet, she no longer suffers from sleep apnea and isn’t at-risk for diabetes.

At 44 years old, Dr. Michalik’s male patient weighed in at 439 pounds with a BMI of 59 and was diagnosed with diabetes and neuropathy of the feet. Knowing that 98 percent of Type 2 diabetics are cured following the duodenal switch procedure, Dr. Michalik chose this direction. Today, 14 months after surgery, the patient is down to 210 pounds – a loss of 229 pounds. His BMI dropped 30 points, his diabetes and neuropathy went away almost instantaneously, and his cholesterol is perfect.

For at-risk patient populations, having services close to home is vital to better health of the patient and the community. Learn more about Dr. Jaroslaw Michalik and his practice here.

Adapted from MHA Today November 15, 2018 issue.

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