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Weight loss surgery: A step in the healthy direction

January 10, 2013


The results of successful weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, are easy to see, but before and after pictures don’t tell the real story, the really important story. Obesity carries many health problems and risks—high blood pressure, diabetes, joint problems, sleep apnea, increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, many bariatric surgery patients shed health problems and risks along with the weight.

“Of course, everyone’s different, but many bariatric surgery patients experience huge improvements in their health. Some are able to reduce or even stop taking blood pressure medications,” says Janice Berguetski, director of St. Mary’s Bariatric Services. “Most see improvement in their blood sugars, even resolution of their diabetes. In fact, several recent medical studies talk about weight loss surgery as prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.”

St. Mary’s offers all three types of weight loss surgery—Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy, with or without duodenal switch. “Having weight loss surgery is a big step. We provide education and support with a comprehensive team of professionals because we want you to succeed,” Berguetski says.

Visit the Weight Loss Surgery section of our website to learn more about the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center. Look for classes under "Weight Loss Surgery Options at St. Mary's Hospital" in the Health Education section and register for a class. You can also learn more about weight loss surgery on our Facebook page.