Arizona Silver Belt: Bridges Center for Weight Management Visits Globe


Doctor-led seminar answers questions, pro­vides gateway to health­ier lives

Source: Arizona Silver Belt

Morbid obesity has reached epidemic

pro­portions, especially in Gila County, where more than 27 percent of adults are considered obese. Bridges Cen­ter for Surgical Weight Management will hold a free doctor-led semi­nar to answer questions and provide information about weight-loss op­tions in Globe on Satur­day, March 24 at 10 a.m. at the Travelodge Globe at 2118 W. Hwy. 60.

For many battling obesity, and the serious life-threatening diseases it brings – including dia­betes, high blood pres­sure and off-the-charts cholesterol – surgery becomes an option when diet and exercise alone cannot lead to weight loss. Choosing to un­dergo bariatric surgery is one of the most diffi­cult decisions a patient can make; it is also tied to undeniably cathartic health benefits.

Weight loss is a gate­way to improving over­all health and quality of life. Open to the pub­lic, the seminar will feature surgeons from Bridges Center for Sur­gical Weight Loss at St. Luke’s Medical Center– which has been voted No. 1 in surgical weight loss management for three consecutive years in Ranking Arizona Magazine – discussing the challenges of obe­sity and the critical role of bariatric surgery. The team will also take at­tendees through the dif­ferent types of weight loss surgery procedures, support programs that are offered and address common questions about weight-loss surgery.

The physician team will also share inspir­ing success stories of patients who have over­come seemingly in­surmountable obesity and health challenges through surgical weight loss management. There will be a question and answer session, and spouses, family mem­bers and partners are en­couraged to attend.

Registration is re­quired as space is lim­ited. To register, visit the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Loss by calling 602-251-8828 or visiting BridgesAZ. com/seminars.

Where: Travelodge Globe (2119 Highway 60, Globe, AZ 85501)

When: 10 a.m., Satur­day, March 24, 2018

Cost: Free

Why: More than one in four adults are obese in Gila County, and the numbers are steadily climbing. Obesity-re­lated health issues con­tribute to heart disease and diabetes, which are the second- and seventh-leading causes of death in the U.S.

Putting surgical weight-loss options into greater context, this seminar is part of the ongoing commitment of the bariatric surgi­cal team of the Bridges Center for Weight Man­agement at St. Luke’s Medical Center and Mountain Vista Medical Center to educate po­tential patients and their families about bariatric surgery and break down myths and stigmas asso­ciated with weight-loss surgery.

About Bridges Center for Weight Management
Designated as a Meta­bolic and Bariatric Sur­gery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program since 2005, the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Man­agement at St. Luke’s Medical Center provides a comprehensive pro­gram to help individuals achieve healthy, long-term weight loss. The multidisciplinary weight management program features preoperative education, weight loss surgery, nutritional guid­ance and postoperative support — all designed to help individuals achieve and maintain their weight loss goals. The Bridges Center team at St. Luke’s Medi­cal Center consists of knowledgeable health care professionals — all dedicated to making ev­ery experience a posi­tive one by guiding and supporting individuals through every stage of their weight loss jour­neys. In addition to a highly-experienced team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, staff includes a psychologist, registered nurse, regis­tered dietitian, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, and a team of patient advocates. For more information, visit www.stlukesmedcenter. com or call 602-251- 8828.

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