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Have you repeatedly tried and been disappointed with every fad diet, while your quality of life and health have continued to decline? The Surgical Weight Loss Program at St. Vincent's St. Clair may be the solution for you!

Obesity and its related health problems have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. In 2004, 66% of U.S. adults were overweight (defined as a Body Mass Index or BMI of 25-30). In Alabama, 30% of adults are obese (BMI> 30) and that percentage is growing every year.

Severe morbid obesity is defined as a BMI of 40 without risk factors or a BMI of 35 or greater when associated with serious health conditions such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea and when non-surgical treatments such as diets, exercise and drugs have not been effective. Surgical weight loss has the greatest impact on quick and sustained weight loss in conjunction with altered eating and activity behaviors.

Weight loss surgery can result in profound and sustained weight loss. Patients typically lose an average of 50-60% of their excess weight partly depending on the operation they chose. Diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and many other health problems typically resolve or greatly improve after weight loss surgery.
The St. Vincent’s St. Clair Surgical Weight Loss team includes board certified general surgeons who are fellowship trained in bariatric surgery. Our comprehensive program offers pre-surgical and post-surgical education, nutritional and exercise guidance, and support groups.

To learn more about our surgical weight loss program, email pamela.smith@stvhs.com or call (205) 814-2240.


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