Obesity is a disease, not a personal failure.

Body Mass Index. Calories eaten. Miles walked. When it comes to your weight, there are a lot of numbers to worry about. But these aren’t the only important numbers in your life.

There are also the hours you work each day. The amount of time you spend with your family. The money it costs to put food on the table. And it’s not your fault if the numbers don’t always line up the way you had hoped.

If diet and exercise haven’t provided the results you need, a surgical approach to weight loss may be the right choice to help you achieve the quality of life you deserve.

Find a doctor to see if you’re a good candidate for surgical weight loss. 

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The weight loss domino effect

Obesity can cause problems beyond simply carrying around extra weight.  It may be directly linked to a wide range of health conditions, from heart disease and high blood pressure to depression, infertility and osteoarthritis. Surgical weight loss can not only help you drop a significant amount of weight, but can also help make you significantly healthier in the process. A single surgery can make you happier, more active, and possibly even add years to your life.

Many options, one result

Everyone has unique reasons for considering weight loss surgery. That’s why there are a variety of surgery options so you can choose the one that best fits your situation. A malabsorptive procedure, like gastric bypass, actually changes how your digestive system works, while a restrictive procedure, like Lap-Band surgery, simply reduces the size of your stomach so you feel full with less food.

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

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