The summer edition of Parker Adventist Hospital’s “Grow” magazine featured two of Dr. Brown’s patients who embarked on their weight loss journey together. Amber and Matthew Smith both opted for robotic bariatric surgery this past year in pursuit of a healthier life, and they have already lost 300 pounds between them! The “Grow” article focuses on the advantages of robotic bariatric surgery, and the reasons Matthew and Amber sought out Dr. Brown. Amber’s endocrinologist suggested bariatric surgery, but she acknowledged immediately that surgery was “not the easy way out…it’s actually difficult to say, ‘I can’t do this on my own’”. Their decision to undergo the procedure robotically was not made lightly. Both knew that a successful outcome was dependent on their lifelong commitment to changing their eating habits.
Post-op, the couple remains committed to setting an example for their children. Matthew’s decision to undergo surgery stems from his genetics, as his father was also obese and decided on bariatric surgery himself. Dr. Brown explains the genetic phenomenon well in the article, articulating that “most of the time with our patients, the body is working against them. Everybody in the office understands that this isn’t a behavior problem; it isn’t that people can’t push themselves away from the table. This is a genetic problem”. Amber and Matthew both appreciated the care they received from the Colorado Bariatric Office and Parker Adventist Hospital because of the staff’s understanding of the underlying genetic obstacles associated with obesity. Many patients find the general public’s lack of understanding of the root causes of obesity to be very frustrating.
Dr. Brown speaks out about his passion for bariatric surgery in the article, explaining that he finds the procedure rewarding because “most operations are trying to restore people back to where they were. This is actually taking someone from one place and putting them in a better place”. He often responds that the remission of co-morbidities is his most valued result. He estimates that 80% of patients with Type 2 diabetes “go into remission, meaning they are off medications and have normal blood sugars”. For anyone struggling with Type 2 diabetes, the prospect of a full remission is groundbreaking.