Today, approximately one in 25 Americans is morbidly obese and many deal with weight-related health conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and/or high cholesterol. In addition, there may be psychological consequences such as lowered self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
For the majority of the morbidly obese, diet and exercise may not lead to significant, continuous weight loss. Fortunately, bariatric surgery may provide a better alternative. Our Center for Surgical Weight Loss is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence with Blue Distinction certification, and provides supportive, understanding and compassionate care for the unique needs of obese individuals.
Highlights of our program
- Multiple surgical options (Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Band)
- Nurse coordinator with special training to evaluate surgical weight loss candidates
- Seamless referral process
- Pre- and post-operative nutrition support with a registered dietitian specially trained in bariatrics
- Dedicated recovery unit
Patients should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater to consider weight loss surgery. Learn yours by using this BMI Calculator.
Information sessions and support groups
The decision to have bariatric surgery should not be taken lightly. Our team is here for you to address any questions or concerns you may have. You are also invited to attend a free information session or our monthly support group meetings to learn more about the procedure. View the calendar below for class times and locations. Call (256) 265-4373 for more information.