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By Vanessa Malit, MD, FACS, FASMBS
January 08, 2020
Now is the perfect time to make a commitment for a healthier 2020.
Obesity is a disease throughout the world and about one-third of the U.S. population is morbidly obese. Being overweight or obese can greatly raise your risk for other health problems which include heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, cancer, back pain and sleep apnea.
Bristol Health’s Weight Loss Surgery Program is designed to help patients reach their weight loss and health goals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. The ideal candidate is basically someone who is committed to changing their life. Their body mass index must be greater than 35 and there usually are the accompanying medical problems mentioned above. Candidates also should have tried and failed to lose weight by non-surgical means such as diet and exercise. Candidates also must be non-smokers.
To help patients achieve a complete lifestyle change, the Bristol Health Weight Loss Surgery Program pulls together a variety of professionals including surgeons, a bariatric-trained advanced practice registered nurse, bariatric nurse caregivers, dietitians and mental health providers.
There are two types of weight loss surgery procedures performed at Bristol Hospital:
About the Author
Vanessa Malit, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Vanessa Malit, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a bariatric and general surgeon with the Bristol Hospital Multi-Specialty Group. Dr. Malit also is the medical director of the Bristol Hospital Weight Loss Surgery and Robotic Surgery programs.