MPR: Weight loss surgery: the last resort?
by Tom Robertson, Minnesota Public Radio
June 2, 2003
Link to the audio file here: http://news.mpr.org/play/audio.php?media=/features/2003/06/02_robertsont_obesitysurgery local file
View the slide show (explicit pictures of surgery; not for the faint-hearted): http://news.mpr.org/play/slideshow.php?feature=2003%2f06%2f02_robertsont_obesitysurgery&slide=1
Dr. Daniel Smith
to be out of breath
to answer the door
a good five minutes
a flight of stairs
Red Lake Indian Reservation
to bend over
to carry (= stock, offer) )a size
to be addicted to
to put at risk
blood pressure medication
to lead to
to hang around
to go from
to turn s.o.'s life around
to blow out
to lie flat
an entire wing
Listening comprehension questions:
1. What is one's 'functioning stomach' like after gastric bypass surgery, a.k.a. stomach stapling?
2. What is required in order to qualify for gastric bypass surgery?
3. What happens after Gail Hocking climbs a flight of stairs?
4. How does Hocking's obesity affect her lifestyle?
5. Why does Gail eat so much?
6. What health problems does Gail have? How about her parents?
7. Why did her first attempt at weight-loss surgery fail?
8. Why was she so determined to try surgery again?
9. What does Dr. Smith say about the satisfaction level among people who have had gastric bypass surgery?
10. How does Park Rapids plan to expand its administration of this procedure?
11. What kinds of problems did Karen Thompson experience due to gastric bypass surgery?
12. How much weight did Thompson lose after the surgery?
13. What problems did Gail Hocking have after surgery, and how will her lifestyle have to change?
14. What does Hocking say the most difficult thing for her is?