Weight Loss Surgery Fights Disease


There has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the last 20 years. It is the #2 cause of preventable death and contributes to breast cancer, coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, sleep apnea, gallbladder problems, osteoarthritis, colon cancer, hypertension and stroke. The medical community recognizes obesity as a disease and is committed to treating it as such.

This disease affects 60 million Americans ages 20 and over, and nine million children and teens ages 6-19. Not only does it lead to life-threatening conditions, it can cause emotional suffering. The good news is that there are treatment options.

Weight loss centers, such as the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity at St. Mark’s Hospital, use the latest procedures as well as a variety of support structures to help patients make a lifestyle change for good. The doctors at St. Mark’s Hospital are experts in their field with high success rates. The different procedures performed at St. Mark’s are:

Adjustable Gastric Banding
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Biliopancreatic Diversion with “Duodenal Switch”

Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y

Usually by the time a patient is considering weight loss surgery, they are already in desperate need of help. Most bariatric surgery patients want to know if they will be able to lose the weight and maintain the weight loss. At St. Mark’s hospital, various strategies are used to increase the chances for success. Patients receive care from psychologists, dieticians, financial counselors, exercise physiologists and support groups to help them transition to their new lifestyle and accomplish their goals.

So many things in life cannot be avoided. But the health and emotional consequences of obesity can be improved, giving you your life back. The rise in successful bariatric surgeries and successful life stories are a good reason to hope that the tragedies of this disease will not continue.

The Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity at St. Mark’s Hospital holds a free Weight Loss Surgery Seminar on the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar, call 801-268-7940. To contact the Center, call 866-887-3999.

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