Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville, part of KentuckyOne Health, is inviting the community to learn more about weight-loss procedures with a live broadcast of an upcoming weight-loss surgery. On Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m., KentuckyOne Health will broadcast the surgery via Facebook Live and provide live tweets on Twitter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are obese, and Kentucky has the fifth-highest obesity rate in the nation. The surgery to be broadcast is a minimally invasive option in which an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to reduce its capacity.
Drs. John Olsofka and Vincent Lusco, both with Louisville Surgical Associates, affiliated with KentuckyOne Health, will be involved in the surgery. The doctors will answer questions from the public on social media after the procedure, which takes less than 30 minutes. The procedure will be shown live on the KentuckyOne Health Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kentuckyonehealth, and questions can be asked directly on the page. KentuckyOne Health will also provide real-time updates on Twitter @kyone_health. Those who wish to ask questions should use the hashtag #Ky1LapBand.
“Stepping inside an operating room can be scary for many patients, so we want to show them what it’s like to undergo this surgery,” said Olsofka. “We are thrilled to be able to use technology to give the community a closer look at this surgery, taking them into the operating room with us.”