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Format: 04/18/2014
Format: 04/18/2014


WTAE-TV: Bariatric Surgery Helps Woman Lose 100+ Pounds, Get Pregnant

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

PITTSBURGH -- Obesity has become a crisis in America, but rarely is infertility associated as one of the health problems caused by it.

WTAE Channel 4's Sally Wiggin said couples who want to have a baby are increasingly turning to bariatric surgery as a solution. She visited West Penn Hospital's bariatric surgery program to meet Leslie Gore, one of the recent success stories.

Eighteen months ago, Gore was obese with little hope of pregnancy. Three weeks ago, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. On Thursday, she introduced him to Dr. Daniel Gagne, the surgeon who made it possible.

"Most of the patients are healthier after the surgery, and women who want to become pregnant after the surgery and weight loss, they are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy," Gagne said.

"I was told I have less than a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant on my own," said Gore, who went from 295 pounds on her wedding day to her current weight of 148 pounds with Gagne's help.

Just 10 months after her bariatric surgery, Gore was showing her husband a positive pregnancy test.

"I said to my husband, 'What do you think about being a dad?' I could not describe the look on his face of total amazement," Gore said.


To watch the rest of the story, please visit this link to WTAE-TV.

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