Pants Across Sky Ridge – An Inspirational Display

January 16, 2012: Sky Ridge Medical Center’s Bariatric Center of Excellence is holding its annual reception to celebrate patients’ triumph over obesity on January 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sky Ridge Medical Center lobby. This reception, accompanied by a “before” and “after” pants display, documents the life-changing weight loss patients are enjoying as a result of undergoing bariatric (weight loss) surgery at Sky Ridge.

“Pants Across Sky Ridge” is a combination of a kick-off reception for former patients and their families and a week-long display of the patients’ “before” and “after” pants along with inspiring stories and photos. During the reception, four bariatric surgery patients who have won a free makeover, including a married couple, will be revealed ala “The Biggest Loser.” Each patient will receive a new outfit donated by Kim’s Closet, have their hair done by Timothy D’s salon and make-up by Heathyrre Kautz Couture.

“This has been the most amazing thing I have ever done for myself,” said Shelli Coley, one of the makeover recipients. “I can finally say, after 43 years, that I like myself and how I look and that is a gift that is priceless.”

Collectively, the Sky Ridge Medical Center bariatric program patients have lost more than 70,000 pounds. The program involves an integrated team of experts to help the patients through the lifestyle changes that accompany weight-loss. Bariatric candidates must be 50 or more pounds overweight, have a high body mass index and be committed to the lifestyle changes that go along with the surgery.

“It takes a team approach to help significantly overweight people change their lives,” said Dr. Frank Chae, chief bariatric surgeon at Sky Ridge. “Patients don’t come out of surgery 100 pounds lighter. It takes time, a very strict diet and hard work to be successful. It is gratifying to see how this surgery changes our patients’ lives and their health.”

Sky Ridge’s Bariatric Center of Excellence includes several different options for weight-loss surgery including adjustable gastric banding surgery, laparoscopic gastric sleeve and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. For a free weight-loss consultation, visit our website.