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Bariatric Care Center

Are you struggling trying to lose weight? The Bariatric Care Center at Summa Health has been helping people lose weight since 2004. Since its inception, it has promoted a physician-driven, team-based approach to weight loss.

There are numerous “quick fixes” in the market, none of which typically result in long-term significant weight loss. While it is appealing to think of taking a pill to miraculously and effortlessly melt away the pounds, the reality is that it takes hard work and time to undo the eating behaviors and choices that lead to obesity.

Obesity is now ranked as the second-highest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. The rate at which obesity has worsened over the past 20 years is alarming, and there is now a growing amount of national attention focused on the problem. In 2012, the American Medical Association finally declared obesity to be a disease.

Approximately 300,000 people die each year from obesity-related illnesses. Is your excess weight causing any of the following problems?

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Hypertension
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Elevated Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Patients who lose a significant amount of weight often see dramatic improvement or even cure these conditions. They can reduce or eliminate many medications – and sleep without the need for a machine to help them breathe.

Options Available

The Bariatric Care Center offers surgical and non-surgical options for weight loss. Depending upon the degree of your obesity and the level of knowledge you have regarding the options for addressing it, we can help you decide which approach best fits your needs.

All patients of the Bariatric Care Center experience a physician-driven solution, with the assistance of our team of clinical psychologists, registered dietitians and clinical exercise specialists. We believe that patients struggling with excess weight, whether in the early (pre-obese) or late stages of the disease, require a multidisciplinary solution. 

Making the decision on the best way for you to lose weight can be overwhelming. We want to give you as many tools as we can to help you make that decision. Some of the factors to consider include:

  • The degree of your obesity
  • The presence or absence of other diseases caused by the excess weight
  • The number of times you have tried previously to lose weight
  • Your family history of obesity
  • Your behavioral and emotional health
  • Your readiness to make lifelong changes in your eating and exercise behaviors

If you are not a current Summa Bariatric Care Center patient and would like to learn more about our program, please call 888-900-6251.