Obesity is a major concern in our country today. More than half of Americans are overweight, and roughly 12 million Americans suffer from morbid obesity. Mississippi is no different, ranking in the top 5 for obesity. Along with this disease, other diseases can develop, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, sleep apnea and degenerative joint disease, all of which are major causes in premature death.
Since 2000, Singing River Health System and the South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center have partnered to offer bariatric surgery along the Gulf Coast to those who are significantly overweight and need more help than traditional exercise and a diet can offer.
The services offered include weight loss surgery procedures and non-surgical programs with guidance to help patients change their exercise and nutrition habits. South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center believes education can help you get the best from your surgery. The center offers nutritional classes and dietary consults with each office visit. A monthly support group is offered to assist patients with their progress. They also offer an information session once a month at their Ocean Springs location and a 24/7 accessible webinar for those considering and/or planning to have weight loss surgery. » Register Now!
Singing River Hospital’s bariatric surgery program is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) – an accreditation that means safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients. This means that our weight loss surgery program has a proven track record in terms of patient safety and outcomes and that our program meets the rigorous requirements and guidelines established by MBSAQIP.
Hear from Dr. William Avara of South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center regarding obesity treatment and his personal story of becoming a doctor.