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Obesity is a degenerative and debilitating chronic disease affecting more than one-third of the U.S. adult population. Often resulting from poor diet and physical inactivity, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

More than 30 chronic health conditions, including heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease can be attributed to obesity.

For people with obesity, weight loss based on lifestyle changes can be difficult to achieve and even more challenging to maintain. Surgical weight loss, or bariatric surgery, is widely recognized by leading medical organizations as the most effective therapy available for morbid obesity and can result in improvement or complete resolution of obesity related health problems.

Individuals seeking a surgical weight loss procedure are entered into the physician-directed medically supervised weight loss program. Patients are educated during this program regarding nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle changes, and lifelong supplementation. They are guided through the pre-authorization process by the dedicated staff and providers.

Surgical weight loss solutions can address metabolic imbalances a person suffering from morbid obesity may have. These solutions can include modifying the direction food travels through a person’s intestines to decreasing the size of a person’s stomach. Procedures are recommended based on a person's past medical history and comorbid conditions amongst other factors. Dr. Birkedal will discuss the options and alternatives appropriate for you and help you make a well-informed decision.

Find out if you're a candidate for surgical weight loss procedures offered by the Center for Bariatric Medicine & Surgery at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.