This is a fantastic demonstration of the power of these people's determination.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2011
Before visiting L.A. Bariatrics, daily life was a struggle. Now, a group of weight-loss surgery patients treated at the L.A. Bariatrics clinic will be running in the Los Angeles Rock ’N’ Roll Half-Marathon.
“My success with my weight loss surgery has given me the courage to take on any challenge I set my mind to," said Hua Her, one of 10 patients to participate.
"This is a fantastic demonstration of the power of these people's determination," said Dr. Jeremy Korman , L.A. Bariatrics' medical director and bariatric surgeon. "To go from morbid obesity to a thirteen-mile run is nothing short of a triumph. The procedures we do are a great tool, but it's their own effort that brought them here.
"I'm proud to have helped, and I'm very impressed what these people have accomplished."
Dr. Korman will run in the half-marathon alongside his patients as part of the L.A. Bariatrics team. Some patients will walk the 13.1-mile course. Along the way, they will be encouraged by cheerleaders and spirit groups organized by the marathon, and at every mile, they'll be charged up by the rock, funk, jazz, and soul bands playing live for runners' entertainment. At the end of the run, Bret Michaels of the 1980s band Poison will put on a concert.
L.A. Bariatrics would like to use their presence at the event as a means to spread awareness that weight-loss surgery is a very effective means of treating obesity and the conditions that it causes, such as diabetes.
"In our business, we help people who have made up their minds to improve their health," Dr. Korman said. "It's very rewarding to follow our patients' progress as we care for them long-term, to watch their lifestyles become more active, healthier, and more fulfilling. I'm elated and honored to run side-by-side with them."
Members of the public are welcome to join the L.A. Bariatrics marathon team. You can request to be part of the team on the L.A. Bariatrics website . For more information, contact Bridgette Agee at 310-577-5540.
About Marina Del Rey Hospital
Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles is a boutique surgical hospital focusing on bariatric, spine, orthopedic, and minimally invasive surgery. The multidisciplinary medical team at L.A. Bariatrics, the bariatric surgery program at Marina Del Rey Hospital, offers patients excellent care. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, this weight loss center meets high standards for experience in bariatric procedures and inpatient care.
About L.A. Bariatrics & Dr. Jeremy Korman
Dr. Jeremy Korman is the medical director of L.A. Bariatrics and a leading expert in the field of bariatric medicine, and he has successfully performed over 1,000 weight loss surgical procedures on patients from all over the United States. Dr. Korman and his multidisciplinary team focus on helping patients to realize their weight loss goals and achieve better health. L.A. Bariatrics, located at Marina Del Rey Hospital, is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, confirming that its staff has extensive, specialized experience and that the facility has passed rigorous inspections. The L.A. Bariatrics team combines exceptional surgical outcomes with nutritional, psychosocial and exercise support for all patients within the program.