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Weight loss: Is bariatric surgery right for you?

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You've tried just about every new fad, trend, and diet but without results that stick. New Year's is just around the corner (along with the resolutions) and you've decided that this time your weight loss is going to be the last time. You've heard of Bariatric surgery for weight loss but you're not quite sure about it. Fortunately, there are some opportunities coming up where you can get get your questions answered.

  • At Plaza Medical Center, Dr Adam Smith and Dr. Craig Ferrara shall host an information session on Thursday, December 20th at 6:00pm. If you can't make it to that one, they have this every third Thursday of the month. Call 817. 347. 1129 for more information.
  • Also at Plaza Medical Center, Dr. Carlton shall host an information session on Friday, December 21 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. It is free and no registration is required.

If you've never heard of Bariatric, here's a quick overview:

There are basically two procedures currently in use; gastric bypass (a portion of the small intestine is rerouted to a small stomach pouch), and the gastric band (an implanted medical device). It is important to remember that these are surgical procedures which inherently carry a certain amount of risk such as complications directly following surgery as well as some that may develop within the following six months. These should be considered along with the health problems associated with being overweight.

Although a healthy diet and active lifestyle is often helpful for many, some people do find that even their best intentions don't bring the desired results, so sometimes medical support can be helpful. If you do choose to undergo this procedure, it is very important to follow your physician's instructions and for optimum benefits down the road, adopt a lifestyle which supports improved health.

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