Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
Obesity affects more than one third of adults living in the United States, and 1 in 20 people are affected by extreme obesity. Individuals struggling with obesity are at risk of developing a wide spectrum of health problems, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers, and sleep apnea. Additionally, obesity and its comorbidities can substantially diminish one’s quality of life, with symptoms such as shortness of breath, reduced mobility, and chronic pain making it difficult to engage in everyday activities and special occasions with family and friends alike. Fortunately, surgical weight loss, also called bariatric surgery, may be a viable solution for individuals whose obesity cannot be successfully controlled through diet and exercise.
Medical weight loss offers countless benefits beyond mere weight reduction. In fact, it can help people to regain control of every facet of their lives. The advantages of bariatric (or weight loss) surgery can include* reduced cholesterol levels, decreased blood pressure, chronic pain relief, mitigation or elimination of sleep apnea, and improved mental health. *Results may vary
The surgical weight loss specialists at Pinnacle Regional Hospital can help to determine whether medical weight loss surgery is the right solution for individuals affected by obesity.
Sigi Joseph, MD
General and Bariatric Surgery