Obesity and COVID-19 Risk

For many, the pandemic is a wake-up call to pay attention to our mental and physical health.  Obesity is a disease that’s tied to serious health risks and can significantly increase the risk of severe COVID-19 complications.  Dr. John Olsofka, University of Louisville Health, Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Bariatric Program, Lap-Band of Louisville, discusses how people can lose weight and keep it off through various options including modifying their eating habits, lifestyle changes and surgical intervention.

Dr. John Olsofka has been in practice for ten years with Louisville Surgical Associates. He completed undergraduate training at Western Kentucky University, attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and remained in Louisville for completion of his general surgery training. Dr. Olsofka is board certified in General Surgery and has a special interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques. He maintains a teaching affiliation with the University of Louisville and is known nationally as a clinical instructor for Laparoscopic Ventral Hernias. He is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, Louisville Surgical Society, Jefferson County Medical Society as well as the Kentucky Medical Association. Dr. Olsofka’s interest in Bariatric Surgery has foundation in the newly developed “minimally invasive” techniques.

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