Almost a third of adults on Guam are considered obese, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control. To help address this issue, a hospital is reaching out to local island residents to consider them as an option for their healthcare needs.
“I pretty much lost a person,” is what Joseph Lujan said, holding up a pair of old pants as he talked about his experience undergoing weight loss surgery at the China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan.
According to Lujan, he weighed around 500 pounds and has since lost more than 200 pounds following his operation from two years ago.
“Everybody asks me how much weight I’ve lost, but I say I don’t know. I haven’t been checking. I just look at how my clothes fit and everything,” Lujan said.
Lujan was one of two patients who offered testimony of their time receiving treatment from CMUH, which offers advanced bariatric and metabolic services as well as corrective spinal operations.
According to Ted Nelson, he spent several years forced to use a cane due to severe pain. But with assistance from CMUH’s Spine Center, he credits improvements to his strength and mobility to those at the facility.
“I would recommend that if you have alternatives or options, seriously consider them because they’ve made a big difference,” Nelson said.
The China Medical University prides itself on using minimally invasive treatments for many common and complex diseases and conditions.
According to a release, the hospital accepts many health insurance plans such as Aetna, SelectCare, and Staywell for those seeking specialized and affordable off-island treatment.
If you would like more information about the China Medical University hospital, call their international center at 886-4-2205-2121 extension 4718.